Zoia's Gold (2006) 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… 2006-11-21 Fiction Scribner
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Zoia's Gold (2006)

STRIKING 'GOLD' Sington mines a rich vein by crafting a fictionalized story around the papers of a real-life early 20th-century Russian artist
STRIKING 'GOLD' Sington mines a rich vein by crafting a fictionalized story around the papers of a real-life early 20th-century Russian artist
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 21, 2006; Writer: Philip Sington; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Scribner

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.

Originally posted Nov 17, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints