In my humble opinion...if you're going to read one fiction title from our Fall 2010 list, Russian Winter is the book. Really. After finishing it a few weeks ago, I've wandered around aimlessly, through Charlotte Bronte's Villette and some non-fiction titles--unfortunately, nothing can compete with the transformative, enveloping power of Daphne Kalotay's debut novel. Russian Winter tells the story of Nina Revskaya, an aging ballerina who is auctioning off her jewelry in modern-day Boston. Divided by skillfully-placed auction cards, Russian Winter swerves deftly between Boston and Moscow, evoking the beauty of the Bolshoi and the terror of life under Stalin. The novel is literary but wonderfully accessible--out of everything on our Fall list, this is a book I can wholeheartedly recommend to most of my friends, even with their very diverse tastes in fiction. For more information on Russian Winter, check out my presentation of the title from ALA last month. Happy reading!