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The fates of members of a Jewish family depend on accidental meetings, the boarding of a ship or the ring of a phone in this complex fable woven from 20th-century history

3 June 2023

9:00 AM

3 June 2023

9:00 AM

The Story of the Forest Linda Grant

Virago, pp.278, 18.99

‘Like a child in a fairy tale’, 14-year old Mina Mendel walks into a Latvian forest one day in 1913. With her basket and shawl, she looks like Little Red Riding Hood, but the wolves she meets – Bolsheviks, ‘agents of the coming revolution’ – are anything but mythical.

Linda Grant begins her sweeping, ambitious ninth novel The Story of the Forest with this accidental encounter.

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