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Lara’s Gift

Set in Imperial Russia, full of color and authenticity, this is a powerful, moving and impeccably researched story of one girl's love for her dog. Marley and Me meets Dr Zhivago!

Fourteen-year-old Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov’s next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar.
But then Lara’s baby brother is born and she finds herself supplanted as her father decides to make the boy the next kennel steward. Going against her father’s wishes and becoming increasingly sure of her special gift of understanding these incredible dogs, Lara risks everything when she reveals the truth about her visions. Now she must save Zar, her favorite borzoi and the one she raised from birth, from a hungry pack of wolves. Only then can she find her own, extraordinary destiny . . .

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USA/Canada: Knopf (Random House); Fall 2013

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California Book Awards 2013

California Book Awards are one of the oldest literary awards in the United States, recognizing authors and publishers for outstanding contributions to the art of the written word.

Starred Review from Kirkus

“A historical setting that comes alive in vivid descriptions and lively dialogue . . . Engrossing and powerful.”

The Author

Annemarie O’Brien

In addition to Annemarie’s own writing, she teaches writing courses at UC Berkeley and Stanford and edits children’s books for Room to Read. Before that, she worked for many years as a Privatization Advisor and Consultant in Russia where she got her first borzoi dog, Dasha.
It was through her experience of finding Dasha, coupled with stories her Russian Professor told her about his ancestors who bred the famous Woronzova line of borzois for the Tsar, that her debut novel LARA’S GIFT evolved. Annemarie currently has two borzois, Zar and Zola, and keeps her hand in with all things Russian through her advisory work with Eurasia Strategy & Communications.


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