Reader Review: "Snowdrops" by A D Miller

As well as being a flowering plant a Snowdrop is Moscow slang for a corpse buried under snow all winter that emerges in the thaw.

This story is told from the point of view of Nicholas, a jaded lawyer working in Moscow in the hope of accelerating his climb up the corporate ladder. He is a disappointed man, approaching forty and wondering what life is about.

I found the plot slow to start but it is jammed full of incredible descriptive passages and superb imagery and it's worth a read for that alone. You will be transported to Russia and Moscow in particular, you'll get a real sense of life there and of the mentality of the people.

As a debut novel this was a worthy short lister for the Man Booker Prize in 2011.

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