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The Gate of Dawn

M J Neary

ISBN 10: 1942756747 / ISBN 13: 9781942756743
Published by Penmore Press LLC, 2016
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Title: The Gate of Dawn

Publisher: Penmore Press LLC

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Welcome to 1880s Vilnius, a volatile Northeastern metropolis where Balts, Germans, Poles, Russians, and Jews compete for a place in the sun. After sustaining fatal burns in a fire instigated by his rivals, textile magnate Hermann Lichtner spends his final days in a shabby infirmary. In a hasty and bizarre deathbed transaction he gives his fifteen-year-old daughter Renate in marriage to Thaddeus, a widowed Polish farmer who rejects social hierarchy and toils side by side with his peasants.
Renate's arrival quickly disrupts the bucolic flow of life and antagonizes every member of the household. During an excursion to the city, Renate rekindles an affair with a young Jewish painter who sells his watercolors outside the Gate of Dawn chapel. While her despairing husband might look the other way, his servants will not stand by and watch while their adored master is humiliated.
Taking us from the cobblestone streets of old Vilnius, swarming with imperial gendarmes, to the misty bogs of rural Lithuania where pagan deities still rule, The Gate of Dawn is a folkloric tale of rivalry, conspiracy, and revenge.

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In The Gate of Dawn, Neary hits the trifecta of great historical fiction: a descriptive mastery of time and place; late 19th Century Vilnius, Lithuania, with all its eastern European trans-class intrigue; plus authentic, memorable personages, in particular two strong women, and an engrossing multi-plotted narrative. It's a journey to the past well worth taking. --Lou Aguilar, author of Jake the Mayor Neary brings her passion for history and her storyteller's gift to this dark and richly detailed novel set in Lithuania under imperial Russian rule. Exhaustively researched, the story is a blend of Baltic folklore and unflinching historical realism. It makes for a compelling - and sometimes unsettling - read. --Eileen Kernaghan, author of Sophie, in Shadow Neary's latest novel The Gate of Dawn is nothing less than a breathtaking saga of real people caught in one of the greatest popular upheavals in world history. The author's knowledge of Northern European history and lore is extensive, yet shared effortlessly with western readers. --Douglas Hearle, author of Outsource

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