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April 2009 Indie Next List
“During the siege of Leningrad in WWII, two young men are sent on an improbable errand. The horror of war is only heightened by the lightness with which Benioff handles their evolving friendship and the grim task that evolves from their mission. Great characters and authentic historical background make this a surprisingly winning novel.”
— Russ Lawrence, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT
September 2009 Indie Next List
“I have just met two of the most likable and remarkable characters, Lev and Kolya, young Russian men trying to survive the Siege of Leningrad who are given a chance to save themselves from death if they can find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of the daughter of a powerful and ruthless Russian colonel. Thus begins an odyssey that is at times disturbing, but the beauty of this novel is in the writing. It contains humor along with sadness, and these two men forge a friendship that is priceless.”
— Carol Katsoulis, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
October 2008 Indie Next List
“Set against the war-torn backdrop of Leningrad, two teenage boys end up, through stranger and stranger twists of fate, traveling cross-country to find a dozen eggs in exchange for their very lives. In the process, they learn more about human nature, both in themselves and others, than can possibly be explained. Wickedly funny and incredibly sad, it's far too short to be this lovely -- and yet it is.”
— Russ Marshalek, Wordsmiths Books, Decatur, GA
About the Author
C. A. Taylor has worked behind the scenes in the television industry for over a decade and started writing about it in 2010 for HBO's website Making Game of Thrones. This is her first book. C. A. currently lives in London.
Ron Perlman is a classically trained actor with fine arts degrees from Lehman College and the University of Minnesota. He has appeared in countless stage productions. His first film role was Annaud's Quest for Fire, which he followed with both independent films such as Sleepwalkers and mainstream films like Hellboy. He won a Golden Globe award for his role as Vincent the lion-man in the TV series Beauty and the Beast. A native of New York City, he now lives in LA with his wife and two children.