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Snegurochka

Snegurochka

Author(s): Judith Heneghan

Location(s): Kiev (Kyiv)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Early 1990s

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An exhilarating, darkly atmospheric debut novel set in Kiev.

‘An unforgettable story. The claustrophobia is palpable, and the characters are utterly convincing in this beautifully observed novel. Outstanding.’ —Claire Fuller

‘Something terrible is happening here. Something terrible has already happened.’

Kiev 1992. Rachel, a troubled young English mother, joins her journalist husband on his first foreign posting in the city. Terrified of their apartment’s balcony, she develops obsessive rituals to keep her three-month old baby safe. Her difficulties expose her to a disturbing endgame between the elderly caretaker and a local racketeer who sends her a gift that surely comes with a price. Rachel is isolated yet culpable with her secrets and estrangements. As consequences bear down she seeks out Zoya, her husband’s fixer, and the boy from upstairs who spies on them all.

Home is uncertain, betrayal is everywhere, but in the end there are many ways to be a mother.

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Snegurochka was long-listed for “Not the Booker” 2019 and has been shortlisted for The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020 (Fiction, With A Sense Of Place). The book is set in 1992, just after...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020