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White Gardenia | [Belinda Alexandra]

White Gardenia

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.
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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war. From the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of the Siberian wasteland, from a desolate island in the South China Sea and to a new life in post-war Australia, and finally to Cold War Moscow, White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents.

©2002 Belinda Alexandra; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Deidre Rubenstein's well-modulated contralto voice brings empathy and compassion to Alexandra's first novel....Powerful dramatization." (AudioFile)

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    "Very Enjoyable"

    This is the first Belinda Alexander book that I have read. The story is great and I could not put it down.
    The narrater was very good. I was very sorry to get to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Ana, grow up"
    What did you like best about White Gardenia? What did you like least?

    Liked this part of history which I had never read about before and it helped me understand what the world was like at that time. I like the characters but did not like how emotionally immature Ana was through out the book. I think t he author repeatedly went overboard on Ana's crying and inability to adapt to changes. I would have liked to read the book with Ana as a stronger character.


    What other book might you compare White Gardenia to and why?

    Very similar to her other books Wild Lavender and Silver Wattle.


    What about Deidre Rubenstein???s performance did you like?

    Very good and excellent accents.


    Do you think White Gardenia needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Would be nice to see Ana grown up in the years of raising her daughter and helping an elderly Mother. Also to develope her relationships with her husband and friends. Plus to see the history unfold as to these years in Australia.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the books and would recommend it but only to women.....a man wouldn't like all the crying in Ana's character.

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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 08-30-11
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 08-30-11
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    "Fascinating novel"

    This is my third Belinda Alexandra book and I was not disappointed. This story is a marvellous blend of Russian Chinese history ending up with the characters as post war refugees in Australia. It is set in the time period of pre WW2 through to post WW2.
    As with Alexandra’s other novels it is well researched and beautifully written. Again we see a central female character who experiences dreadful events and disappointments based on historical facts and real life stories but who comes through with great strength of character. I could not put it down and was sorry when it finished. Highly recommended.

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    "Great portrayal of Oz post-war emigrant view"

    Love this author but found her Russian heroine harder to identify with than her other book's main characters -- put it down to the character's Russian emotionalism - she seemed to cry at the drop of a hat. Absolutely loved her description of post-war immigration to Australia... as someone who emigrated in early '70's to Oz, four or five decades on from the story, found that little had changed in the welcome anyone from 'outside' Australia received. But like the main character, found so so much to love about the country.

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