Suzanne Parry in Conversation With Laura Stanfill and Suzy Vitello
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June 1941. Hitler’s armies race toward vulnerable Leningrad. In a matter of weeks, the Nazis surround the city, cut off the food supply, and launch a vicious bombardment. Widowed violinist Sofya Karavayeva and her teenage granddaughter, Yelena, are cornered in the crumbling city. On Leningrad’s outskirts, Admiral Vasili Antonov defends his homeland and fights for a future with Sofya. Meanwhile, Yelena’s soldier fiancé transports food across the Ice Road — part of the desperate effort to save Leningrad. With their help, the two women inch toward survival, but the war still exacts a steep personal price, even as Sofya’s reckoning with a family secret threatens to finish what Hitler started. Equal parts war epic, family saga, and love story, Suzanne Parry’s Lost Souls of Leningrad (She Writes Press) brings to vivid life this little-known chapter of World War II in a tale of two remarkable women — grandmother and granddaughter — separated by years and experience but of one heart in their devotion to each other and the men they love. Neither the oppression of Stalin nor the brutality of Hitler can destroy their courage, compassion, or will in this testament to resilience. Parry will be joined in conversation by Laura Stanfill, author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary and the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, and Suzy Vitello, author of Faultland.