By Darragh McKeon

ISBN-10: 0062246887

ISBN-13: 9780062246882

Russia, 1986. On a run-down condominium block in Moscow, a nine-year-old prodigy performs his piano silently for worry of aggravating the friends. In a manufacturing facility at the outskirts of the town, his aunt makes vehicle components, hiding her dissident previous. In a close-by health facility, a doctor immerses himself in his paintings, heading off his failed marriage.

And in a village in Belarus, a teenage boy wakes to a sky of the private purple. open air, the ears of his neighbor's livestock are dripping blood. Ten miles away, on the Chernobyl strength Plant, anything incredible has happened.Now their lives will switch without end.

An end-of-empire novel charting the cave in of the Soviet Union, All that's good Melts into Air is a gripping and epic love tale by way of a huge new expertise.

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She kept jesters and dwarves for entertainment and an army of servants, cooks, and kitchen maids. Everyone had a duty. Mine was to help Emme and Frances care for the queen’s clothing. When I first entered the wardrobe, a room twice as large as the maids’ dormitory, my eyes could not take in everything it contained. There were cupboards with separate drawers for bodices, stomachers, coifs, gloves, and hats. Dozens of pantofles, overshoes with thick cork soles, lined the shelves. I counted fifty-one bodices and eighty skirts on rows of hooks before I gave up, my head spinning.

They were bright and pale. She smiled and it was like the sun beaming from behind a cloud. I no longer saw graying hair against her cheek. I saw the woman on horseback who had once ridden through Winchester, ageless and beautiful. Gratitude welled up in me and I knew I would love the queen, even worship her, as long as she ruled. I would do whatever she commanded me. Whitehall Palace was a bustling, crowded place. Besides six maids and a dozen ladies-in-waiting, the queen employed more than fifty grooms, footmen, and handsome guards known as Gentlemen Pensioners.

It sickened me to read of so many men and women suffering death at the stake, their flesh broiled in the fire until the fat dripped from their bones. I put the book away. Neither the queen nor anyone else had taken note of my study. Or so I thought. One day while I waited upon Elizabeth at her table, she asked me why I no longer read the Book of Martyrs. I nearly spilled the soup I was serving her. ” “Nothing escapes my eyes,” she said evenly. “I approve of the good Mr. Foxe. ” Under her gaze I could not craft a flattering reply, so I blurted out the simple truth.

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