Reading Corner – The Red Scarf

The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall is historical fiction, set in the Stalinist era of the early 1930’s in Siberia. Readers follow the story of a woman who is barely surviving life in a forced labor camp where convicts and political dissidents (or anyone related to a possible political dissident) are sent to assist in the rapid industrialization movement. Everyone is poor. Everyone is struggling and suffering. Everyone hides their true nature for self-preservation. It’s a terrible, fascinating story. It was an outstanding read. Even when things are so dark, the characters find hope and love. There are a few concepts in the story that stretched reality and edged toward fantasy, in my opinion, but it works for the story. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762)


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