Your Mouth Is Lovely: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 7, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Set in Russia between 1890 and 1912, Your Mouth Is Lovely follows the story of Miriam, a nineteen-year-old sent into Siberian exile after the Russian Revolution of 1905. In a letter to her daughter -- whom she was forced to give up at birth -- Miriam presents a haunting flashback to a shtetl in Belarus, where everyone except herself knew the secret of her parents' past and the mystery behind her young mother's suicide. As Miriam narrates the story of her poignant childhood, she brings to life the culture of the shtetl in the last days of imperial Russia, a community caught between the rich yet rigid traditions of the past and the frightening, unfamiliar ways of a society desperately trying to reinvent itself. A story of love and loss, crime and punishment, Your Mouth Is Lovely captures an ordinary woman caught in the circumstances of her era, and shows how small choices, twists of fate, and betrayals can determine a particular life, even at the great, transitional moments in history.

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It's 1911-only six years before the fall of the Russian Empire. And Miriam is writing a journal that she hopes will eventually make its way to her young daughter, living with Miriam's Aunt Bayla in ... Read full review

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NANCY RICHLER’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Another Chicago Magazine and The Journey Prize Anthology. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler lived for many years in Vancouver but has recently returned to Montreal.

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