The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

Set in Moscow in 1913, the book follows the life of an English printer named Frank Reid whose wife has abruptly left him and their three children. As Frank tries to maintain his printing business and look after his children in the midst of the impending Russian Revolution, he also attempts to understand why his wife left and if she will ever return. The novel is a blend of historical fiction and family drama, exploring themes of change, uncertainty, and cultural differences.

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