Russian-born author Lara Vapnyar has a new novel coming out on Jan. 7 centering around the recollections of a Russian summer camp the book’s main character worked at as a counselor when she was a teenager.
According to the book description, the main character, Lena, meets a guy named Ben and opens up to him:
“for the first time in her life, about the tumultuous summer she spent as a counselor in a Soviet children’s camp twenty years earlier, when she was just discovering romance and her own sexuality. At a time when Russia itself was in turmoil, the once-placid world of the camp was growing equally unsettled, with unexplained disappearances and mysterious goings-on among the staff; Lena and her best friend are haunted by what they witnessed, or failed to witness, and by the fallout from those youthful relationships. It was a time of intense emotions, confusion, and passions, and ultimately very little turned out to be exactly as it seemed.”
The Scent of Pine is Vapnyar’s second novel. Her first novel, Memoirs of a Muse, was published in 2007 and she has published a number of stories in The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine and in the collections There are Jews in My House in 2004 and Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love in 2008.