The Madonnas of Leningrad
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I haven't read much (if anything) about the siege of Leningrad, especially from a civilians point of view, but we did study Operation Barbarossa when I was at high school so I have a bit of background knowledge.
The split between past and present worked really well in this book, although I would have liked to hear more about how Marina came to be in Germany at the end of the war.
A very moving story!