I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A dual narrative exploring the mystery surrounding the death of Anastasia Romanov and the claims of Anna Anderson, the woman long-believed to be the young Grand Duchess' most famous imposter."--
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385541695
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm


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AL_JENNY May 19, 2018

Fascinating story about the fate of Anastasia Romanov. Fast moving historical fiction that reads like a thriller.

OPL_KrisC May 10, 2018

I am a sucker for anything written about the Anastasia and the Romanovs. While this book wasn't what I expected, I still enjoyed reading it. My one wish is that is was a little faster-paced.

May 07, 2018

This started out slowly and I had a bit of trouble managing the non-linear format at first...but once I got about half way I couldn't put it down. The author does a great job of keeping the reader on their toes if only to sweep the rug out from under them. Great, great novel.

debwalker Apr 26, 2018

Another take on the tragic Romanov family. This one is getting strong reviews.

ArapahoeSummer Apr 06, 2018

The beauty of this fictional memoir is in the historical detail woven into the life stories of Anna Andersen and the Romanov family. Anna's story is told in reverse, allowing readers to explore their unanswered questions as events in both story lines come together.

Apr 04, 2018

For those unfamiliar with the controversy that surrounded the basis of this novel this book will be very interesting. It is a bizarre and fascinating story. I found this fictional version entertaining, but it was difficult to follow. I had to really focus and stay alert. My memory had to be spectacular. I bookmarked and highlighted quite a bit so I could go back and reference.

This story is told in reverse. There are conversations that happen and the reader is left to guess who characters are and how they play out in the story. I have read books similar to this format with no issues, so I honestly am not sure why this was such a struggle for me.

This novel follows two characters. Anastasia's story is told chronologically from start to finish while Anna's story is told in reverse, making it very difficult to understand where in the story I was and how exactly the two connect. Perhaps I was just waiting too hard for the connection to happen that I was distracted from the story?

Overall, the descriptions and characters were decent and the story line is entertaining. If you have read other non-fiction books about the Romanovs and know the outcome of this debate (no spoilers) than this book probably isn't for you. I felt I got more satisfaction reading nonfiction or simply researching online and looking at pictures of the women.

Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for allowing me an egalley to read and give my honest review.

Mar 28, 2018

Thank you to Doubleday and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book.

It was helpful to see Ariel Lawhon's interview in the Goodreads newsletter just as I was beginning to read this book. I, too, am a fan of the movie Memento and found the nonlinear timeline of this book to be effective in raising the level of suspense. We read about Anastasia going forward in time while Anna Anderson (Is she or isn't she Anastasia?) going backward in time. As the two timelines converge we come closer and closer to an answer. I loved it!

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