“In his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra transports readers to Chechnya, a war-torn Russian republic that has long sought independence.
The lyrical and heart-breaking novel begins in 2004 when a doctor watches as Russian soldiers abduct his neighbor, who has been accused of aiding Chechen rebels. He later rescues the neighbor’s 8-year-old daughter, then colludes with another doctor to form an unlikely family amid the daily violence.
‘It’s a novel about people who are trying to transcend the hardships of their circumstances by saving others,’ Marra tells weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden.”
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