From the tyranny of Stalin through the desperation of World War II, this is a story of struggle and survival, of devotion, duty, and family, and of love lost and sometimes found again.


Suzanne Parry

About Suzanne

A former European security specialist, Suzanne now writes historical fiction about the Soviet Union. She studied Russian in Moscow and worked at the Pentagon where she helped negotiate the first security agreement of the Gorbachev era-the Conference on Disarmament in Europe.

About Lost Souls of Leningrad

June 1941. Hitler’s armies race toward vulnerable Leningrad. In a matter of weeks, the Nazis surround the city, cut off the food supply, and launch a vicious bombardment. Widowed violinist Sofya Karavayeva and her teenage granddaughter, Yelena, are cornered in the crumbling city.


Lost Souls of Leningrad is a sweeping, heartbreaking, and life-affirming saga. … A remarkable and immersive book that belongs on the shelf with Life and Fate.”

Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of The Companion and After Alice Fell

“With the devastating siege of Leningrad as the backdrop, . . . the despair and brutality of war is evoked through a tender human story of love, family, music, and hope. A stirring novel I couldn’t put down!”

Linda Kass, author of Tasa’s Song and A Ritchie Boy

Lost Souls of Leningrad dives into the personal story of a family navigating one of the major atrocities in modern history. Told with the authority that only a scholar can provide, combined with the chops of a natural storyteller, this book is a can’t-put-down triumph.”

Suzy Vitello, author of Faultland, The Empress Chronicles, and The Moment Before

“This is historical fiction that feels ripped from today’s headlines, . . . an engaging portrayal of love and survival in wartime.”

Debra Dean, bestselling author of The Madonnas of Leningrad, a New York Times Editors’ Choice

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The story behind the story. Every book has one.

For me, it began when I was a student. At twenty-one, I managed to spend my last semester of college in the former Soviet Union. This was the late 1970s—the height of the Cold War—and exchange programs were few. Ohio State University had one, and I joined a group of thirty-some American and Canadian students on the adventure of a lifetime.