One of the year's most arresting fiction debuts is being made by Seattle biomedical research scientist and novelist J.M. Sidorova with her epic novel, The Age of Ice (Scribner). Born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Seattle over twenty years ago, J.M. Sidorova tells a story that starts in 18th-century St. Petersburg, then ranges across Europe. Asia and time, and the whole of human longing. "Jeweled with the kind of narrative intricacies and heights of fancy that transform a good story into a sensory glut, in this mesmerizing debut Sidorova reduces you to a primal state of readership, rekindling in every far-flung childhood memory you have of what it means to experience a great book." - Téa Obreht.