Invitation to a Bonfire

Invitation to a Bonfire

The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core.

In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home, and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country’s paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov—whose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for years—her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: he’s committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera.

As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Vera’s fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelity—not to mention the powerful magnetism of sex—Invitation to a Bonfire investigates how one’s identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness.

Title:Invitation to a Bonfire
ISBN:9781635571523
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About Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt is a writer, cartoonist, and avid reader living in Tucson, AZ. Her debut novel THE DAUGHTERS won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Crawford Award. Her second novel, INVITATION TO A BONFIRE will be published in June 2018.


    Invitation to a Bonfire Reviews

  • Elyse

    WOW!!!.....I got to the last page and just said, “WOW”! Immediately I’m thinking of so many people this book is perfect for -- released in June 2018!NO SPOILERS..... just a little long...because...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister

    4 seductive stars To Invitation to a Bonfire! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ This book was highly recommended by my friend, Elyse! Thanks for another intriguing read! Zoya Andropova is a refugee of the Soviet Union ...

  • Tammy

    There is a death. We know know this at the beginning of this literary novel told in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper articles from 1931 but the death and its mystery are not the most i...

  • Bam

    *4.5 stars rounded up."'It's like I sensed you,' he whispered. "Not just here, but everywhere. Like everyone I've ever loved was leading up to this, to you, to us.'"How could a virtually friendless yo...

  • Kendall

    So... I really wanted to like this one. I'm not a big historical fiction fan... but I love psychological thrillers. I'm wanting to branch out and try different genres. Unfortunately, I felt this didn'...

  • Elissa

    Adrienne Celt’s INVITATION TO A BONFIRE tells the story of a great novelist, his wife and his mistress and was partly inspired by the famous Nabokov marriage. The story swept me up and kept me guess...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/“My aim, anyway, is not posterity, but instead to take a sharp, bright pin and use it to bore a hole- one might say a pinprick- in the swollen hist...

  • Nancy

    At fifteen, Zoya Andropov was sent to an orphanage where she cross-stitched portraits of Party members, her stomach growling from hunger. Her parents, who were on "the right side" of the Russian revol...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Although this book falls into a category I normally despise, that of the fictionalized biography however loose the interpretation, I chose it specifically because of its root material -- the ever intr...

  • Katie

    Fun & sexy & mysterious & MURDER...