Image of The Red Scarf


Image of The Red Scarf

The author of The Russian Concubine returns with another sweeping novel set in an unusual and fascinating locale: a prison camp in Siberia.
In the frigid north, Furnivall
explores the relationship between
two very different women and how
their friendship shapes their lives. Setting this highly personal story against the larger backdrop of
politics and history makes it a
strong tale.

Only two things keep Sophia Morozova alive in Davinsky labor camp: her friendship with fragile Anna Fedorina and the thought of freedom. Sophia relies on Anna for comfort as she gives her a glimmer of hope for freedom.

When Anna becomes ill, Sophia uses the opportunity to escape. She hopes to find Anna's childhood love, a revolutionary named Vasily, in the town of Tivil. In her quest, the beautiful, courageous Sophia makes connections with a Gypsy leader, a factory director and a powerful politician. She comes to believe the director, Mikhail Pashin, is Vasily, and starts to fall in love with him. But if he is really Vasily, then he is Anna's. Torn between loyalty and desire, danger and passion, Sophia must make crucial choices. (NAL, Jul., 496 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin