Join Better Off Read GR to discuss a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.
By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
At A Glance
- 258 pages
- 4.28 Goodreads rating
- Historical Fiction
- Publication Date: May 15 2008
- February 18th, 2018
- 1:00 PM EDT
- Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
- We will meet in the studio directly at the back of Schuler’s, no purchase necessary
- For discussion questions and additional information, view the Meetup event here
- Better Off Read GR members receive a 20% discount on our picks when purchased from the Book Club table at Schuler’s Books.