By Alice Jolly
Published Jan 2010
Eva arrives in the surreal world of perestroika Moscow to start a new life with her boyfriend, Ned. But when she meets her godmother, Maya, she is engulfed by questions about her past. Lonely and confused, she falls under the spell of an ageing American who calls himself Jack Flame. But is he all that he claims to be?
Eva believes that Jack can help her to unravel the truth about her childhood. But what begins as a friendship turns into a relationship of frightening intensity. Torn between the loyalty she feels for Ned and her obsession with Jack Flame, Eva begins to wonder whose version of events she should trust?
As Moscow slides towards political and economic collapse, memories of the past rise to the surface, threatening Eva’s sanity – and, finally, her life.