Friday Morning Bookclub

November 17, 2010

The True Memoirs of Little K

I was so excited to see that had chosen “The True Memoirs of Little K” by Adrienne Sharp as one of the 10 books for fall, 2010, that they were excited about!

Why was I excited?  Adrienne Sharp was my very best friend when I was growing up.  I was so looking forward to reading this new novel.  I knew from Adrienne that she had spent over two years researching this piece of historical fiction, but nothing could have prepared me for the extent to which she brought history alive on its pages!

“The True Memoirs of Little K” is the story of Mathilde Kschessinska, a prima ballerina who was the mistress of Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia.  (You may recognize his name from the great love story, “Nicholas and Alexandra”).  This sweeping saga is narrated by Kschessinska, or Little K, which is what the tsar, or Niki, as she referred to him, called her.  Kschessinska, at the age of 99, prepares to write her memoirs.  As she reminisces, the grandeur of the Romanov Empire and the turmoil of the Revolution unfolds before us.  From the stages of the Russian Ballet, to the grandeur of St. Petersburg, to the courts of the Russian royalty, the reader is given a history lesson that is disguised as a love story.  The novel introduces us to the fascinating characters of Tsar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra, to that mysterious monk, Rasputin.  We meet Lenin as a young revolutionary, Karensky, Trotsky, even the young Anna Pavlova.

Not only is this a fascinating story, totally engrossing, that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next, but the language with which it is written is absolutely beautiful.  I think that we’ll be hearing a lot about this book in the coming months.  If you like historical fiction, you will LOVE “The True Memoirs of Little K”.  Read it and let us know what you think!



  1. The True Memoirs of Little K sounds wonderful. I think we should put it on our list for February!

    Comment by susanbright — November 17, 2010 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  2. Esther, that is so amazing that your friend’s book was an Oprah pick. What a feather in her cap. I am really looking forward to reading it. I agree with Susan, we should move it up to sooner, on our list.

    Comment by janinefrier — November 17, 2010 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

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