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Castle of Concrete
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Release Date
June 11, 2019
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978-0-9995416-3-0
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Set in the final year of Soviet Russia’s collapse, this stunning debut novel tells the story of Sonya, a timid Jewish girl reuniting with her once-dissident mother and falling in love with a mysterious muddy-eyed boy who may be an anti-Semite. All the while, Sonya’s mama is falling in love also⎯with shiny America, a land where differences seem to be celebrated. The place sounds amazing, but so far away. Will Sonya ever find her way there?

Heather Demetrios, author of I’ll Meet You There: “This book stole my heart. Gorgeously crafted and deliciously romantic, Castle of Concrete left me breathless until the very end.”

Foreword Reviews, starred review: *“In Katia Raina’s fascinating and sympathetic Castle of Concrete, the concerns of young adulthood are amplified tenfold against a background of historical upheavals. . . . [A] riveting story about growing up in dark political times.”

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Debut Novel I Couldn't Put Down!

What an amazing debut novel - it weaves together fascinating characters, political upheaval, anti-Semitism, and conflicted love interests into a suspenseful, heartwarming, exciting story that I couldn't put down.

Most importantly, Sonya Solovay is a strong, relatable protagonist going through some of the problems experienced by 15 year olds...trying to fit in at a new school, being attracted to someone and unsure of that new relationship, dealing with parental issues. Now add to that - your country is going through political unrest, you've just learned that you're Jewish, and your boyfriend might be an anti-Semite.

And the ending is crazy intense!!

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I loved the author's writing style, so fresh and interesting, incorporating vivid imagery.
There were a few heavy themes in the story that the author dealt with beautifully.
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