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Published by Penguin on May 1st 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary
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A "brilliant, astonishing modern love story"* and an acclaimed literary debut... A young Cuban woman passes her nights dancing in a seedy Florida strip club; a Russian orphan loses everything, then builds a new and prosperous life for himself in New York; a woman struggles to maintain her dignity and hope after a life-changing accident—these are the three members of the troika whose story is told in this dazzling literary debut. Their lives unexpectedly intertwined, Perla, Julian and Sophie discover a world—a way of life—that forces them to challenge their definitions of commitment, love and trust, a world that heals old wounds and inspires them to transform tragedy into beauty. “What a great gallop through the landscape of the human heart, what a brilliant, astonishing modern love story, what a beautiful pair of heroines, what an amazing journey from the plantains of Little Havana and a Fort Lauderdale strip club to Fifth Avenue and East Hampton, what a ride to a complex and satisfying redemption, what a glorious testimony to the way damage can become a lovely destiny, what a book!”—*Susan CheeverFrom the Hardcover edition.
Troika weaves the stories of Perla, Julian and Sophie. It’s intense, and you’ll want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen.
Perla is a strong character despite her occupation. She knows people must look down on her, but she keeps her head held high, and has rules in place so she doesn’t let her emotions get involved. Julian had a harsh past that he tries to overcome and constantly deal with. Sophie is a character that is hard to like at times because of her situation. It’s easy to empathize with her, but some of the choices she makes are frustrating.
The writing in Troika is beautiful. The words are woven together with precision, and you can tell when each character is telling their story. You visit past events that show how each person came to be how they are.
Sorry this is kind of vague. I don’t want to give away too much because it would definitely be spoilery. But this is a story about finding yourself and love in unimaginable circumstances.