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Monday, August 12, 2013

[Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy Blog Tour] Playlist feature: Marina's mixtape!

Hello blog readers!

Today I'm posting a very interesting feature as part of the Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy blog tour. I personally haven't heard most of what's in the list but I've always been a fan of playlists and discovering new songs, so let's give this one a try, shall we?


Marina’s mixed tape. Influenced by Benjamin. Best played as the Q train heads north through Brooklyn.

Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith
Moving in Stereo - The Cars
As - Stevie Wonder
Jive Talkin - Bee Gees
I’ll Be There - Jackson 5
Love is a Stranger - Eurythmics
I Ran So Far Away - Flock of Seagulls
One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx
Ya idu po ulitse - Viktor Tsoi
Nikita of Ryazan - Boris Grebenshikov
What I Like About You - The Romantics
More than This - Roxy Music

Give it a listen and tell me what you think, okay?

Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy
by Elizabeth Kiem
Published August 13th 2013 by Soho Teen

They thought they had run far enough...

Marina Dukovskaya is poised to make her debut as the Bolshoi's prima ballerina, an Artist of the People hand chosen by Leonid Brezhnev's regime, just as her mother Sveta was years ago. But that was then. Now, Sveta spends her time loudly claiming knowledge of a sinister government secret (that she acquired through “visions,” no less).

When she disappears, institutionalized by the government, they tell Marina “It’s for her own good.”

Fearing arrest as Sveta’s sympathizers, Marina and her father defect to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. But it seems theworst of old Russia’s crooks and con men have followed, and Marina finds herself suddenly alone when her father’s entanglement in the burgeoning Russian mob ends in tragedy. Tragedy Marina foresaw. Maybe Sveta’s visions weren’t all in her head after all.

Either way, Marina has a deadly mystery on her hands.

DANCER DAUGHTER TRAITOR SPY, Elizabeth Kiem’s debut novel, draws on the author’s years living in the Soviet Union just after its collapse. Combining the Cold War intrigue of The Americans, the cutthroat atmosphere of the elite ballet academies at the Bolshoi and Lincoln Center, and the frenetic pulse of New York City in the early ‘80s, Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy is a new breed of spy novel.

About the author:

Elizabeth Kiem studied Russian language and literature at Columbia University and writes novels, essays, reports, reviews, grocery lists and more.​ She has lived in Brooklyn for more than 15 years, and before that she lived in Moscow as it entered a new era, immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Besides Brooklyn and Moscow, her favorite places are Alaska (where she was born), Istanbul (where she understood that all great cities straddle the water), and Haiti (where life itself straddles the water). In Russian, she is Elizaveta Ivanovna. Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy is her first novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Of course The Romantics are on here! I'm guessing this is mostly 80s music and as a child of the 90s, I am less familiar with that musical era. Looking forward to checking these out.


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