Writing while he was serving time in a Russian prison, Dostoyevsky was heavily influenced by the novels of Charles Dickens. A frustrated love affair, an orphan girl in jeopardy, a scheming aristocrat, and an angry father who casts his daughter out of his life are just a few of the ingredients that make this lesser-known Russian novel a delight to hear.
"Russian classic reworked - Better than nothing?"
The Flash of Midnight is a faithfully accurate portrait of the late 1960s, when free love often meant hopping into bed with someone before the first date, sometimes without regard to the gender of your partner, and an unwed mother was not an overnight celebrity. In June of 1968, leap-year baby Laurie Norber graduates from college and decides to spend the summer in London. At 20, she is so petite and flat-chested she could easily pass for a 13-year-old, and she willfully allows men to believe that she is still "jailbait".