Want to read a real page-turner? Then run, don’t walk, to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of ONE NIGHT IN WINTER by Simon Sebag Montefiore.
The story follows the Moscow high-school-age children of the elite Communist party leaders and bigwigs at the end of World War II. It’s mostly told through the eyes of Andrei, son of an imprisoned man, which gives him a “tainted” background. Andrei and his mother are newly arrived in Moscow from party-imposed exile to the Russian boondocks. A twist of fate puts him in the same school Stalin’s children once attended.
Two students end up shot to death after a Victory parade…
That’s all I’ll say to keep from throwing in any spoilers, except to add that it’s fun to read a book like this about a Communist country, where – for all their talk of economic equality and sharing the wealth – their privileged upper echelon party families are practically in another stratosphere from the rest of their countrymen. Andrei and his mother hide their food behind a loose brick in the room they share in an apartment with many other families while his classmates are chauffeured to school and eat delicacies at home. “Economic equality,” my foot!