Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
November 22, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Zoia's Gold

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Philip Sington
publisher
Scribner
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

An elegant amalgam of fact and fiction, Zoia’s Gold draws on the life of Madame Zoia, an artist who fled revolutionary Russia for a peripatetic journey accumulating husbands, lovers, and an aura of mystery. Philip Sington, who had access to Zoia’s private papers, could have written a compassionate, gripping biography, but he delightfully introduces his own creation, a fallen art dealer whose redemption lies in answering lingering questions about Zoia and her gilded paintings. Sington never sells out the real woman for a mere plot twist. Zoia’s Gold is part thriller, part biography, and wholly engrossing.

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