River Grove Books
May 8, 2018
Jane Marlow (Bozeman, MT)
Author of How Did I Get Here?
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ABOUT THE BOOK
When Russia blunders into the misbegotten Crimean War in 1854, medical student Andrey Rozhdestvensky grabs at what he believes to be free passage out of his vapid life. Volunteering as a surgeon for the Russian army, Andrey travels to the frontlines, where he discovers the atrocities of war, and fights to keep death and disease from decimating the troops. As the war progresses, Andrey fears his mind is becoming unhinged as he witnesses the most senseless disregard for human life imaginable. Even after the ink dries on the peace treaty, the madness of the war doesn’t end for Andrey. Emotionally hamstrung, he scours city and countryside in search of a place where his soul can heal.
A war story told in intimate human terms, How Did I Get Here? is the result of Jane Marlow’s lifelong interest in 1800s Russia and extensive research into the Crimean War. The second book in the Petrovo series, this novel follows Who Is To Blame? A Russian Riddle, reacquainting readers with several of their favorite characters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Marlow was 11 years old when her mother hauled her to a stage performance of “Fiddler on the Roof”—a night that began her lifelong fascination with the grayness and grandeur of 19th century Russia. After a 30-year career as a veterinarian, Jane began writing full-time. She spent years researching 1800s Russia, the setting for her first two novels, Who Is to Blame? and How Did I Get Here?, books 1 and 2 in the Petrovo series. Jane holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Texas A&M University, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. A longtime resident of the Austin, Texas area, she now lives in Bozeman, Montana.
- How Did I Get Here? An unexpected war narrative set in 19th century Russia
- Jane Marlow’s years of research on 1800s Russia: the Motherland’s tsars, reforms (including the emancipation of the serfs), nobility, peasants, war, culture
- The First of the Modern Wars: The impact of the Crimean War and its influence on both the US Civil War and WWI
- Exploring Russia before Putin, before Stalin, before the Revolution
- The Crimean War (1853-1856): The war that was a game changer in the balance of power in Europe. Never again would Tsardom be regarded as all-powerful.
- The two-and-a-half-year-long Crimean War claimed at least 750,000 lives, rivaling the U.S. Civil War in its death toll. The conflict also forever altered the nature of combat, marking the battlefield debut of railways, telegraphs, steamships, rifled muskets and newspaper coverage.
- June 2018 is National PTSD Awareness Month, and June 27, 2018 is PTSD Awareness Day: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) afflicts between 10% and 30% of the veterans of U.S. wars since Vietnam. In How Did I Get Here?, we see a character affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder a full century before it was given a name.