Excerpt of the Week: From Fresh Mint with Lemon by Monika Zgustova

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Tyler

We're delighted to share a sneak peek of Fresh Mint with Lemon, an evocative novel by award-winning author Monika Zgustova, which will be released next week in partnership with Barcelona eBooks. Set during a sultry month on the Mediterranean coast, Fresh Mint with Lemon explores the mounting tension in a triangle of love, power and desire between a Russian art critic, an American artist, and a provocative activist. Underlying this sexual and romantic tension are the dramatic events of the Prague Spring of 1968, cut short by the Soviet invasion.

Quote about Fresh Mint with LemonRussian art critic Vadim meets an enigmatic North American artist of Russian origins, Patricia Pavloff, in Saint Petersburg. Enthralled by the painter’s brilliance, the young critic travels to the coastal Catalonian town of Sitges, where Patricia lives, hoping to interview her and write a book about her work. Patricia shares her house with the voluptuous and provocative Radhika, whose power games foster an unsettling dynamic between the three. Attracted by Radhika’s beauty but repelled by her politics, Vadim doesn’t know which of the two women he desires most.

Please enjoy the below excerpt from this exciting, forthcoming title: 

Fresh Mint with Lemon by Monika Zgustova {Excerpt} by OpenRoadMedia


Monika ZgustovaMonika Zgustova was born in Prague and spent her formative years in the United States. She has published five novels, a collection of short stories, and a biography, and two of her plays have been staged. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has won several prestigious awards, including the 2009 Mercè Rodoreda Award for short fiction. She has also won critical acclaim for her novels The Silent Woman (2005), Winter Garden (2009), and Goya’s Glass (2012). She currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, and regularly contributes opinion-editorial articles to the leading Spanish newspaper, El País.

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