Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy Blog Tour: Guest Post by Elizabeth Kiem

Elizabeth Kiem

Elizabeth Kiem studied Russian language and literature at Columbia University and writes novels, essays, reports, reviews, grocery lists and more. She has lived in Brooklyn for more than 15 years, and before that she lived in Moscow as it entered a new era, immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Besides Brooklyn and Moscow, her favorite places are Alaska (where she was born), Istanbul (where she understood that all great cities straddle the water), and Haiti (where life itself straddles the water). In Russian, she is Elizaveta Ivanovna. Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy is her first novel.

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Who would Elizabeth cast for Benjamin?

Oh dear. All the perfect Benjamins have gotten too old since 1982! Sorry Benedict. No chance, Cillian. Paolo Nutini – you're still too dreamy, my dear.

To cast Benjamin Frame I've gone fishing among musicians. After all, that's where I found my silver screen Marina.

I needed impeccable diction, good breeding, sophistication that belies its youth, and most of all, a tousled head of hair. I found Robin Ticciati. He will need to lose his posh British accent and keep his euphoric sweet smile in reserve but as the principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra who has not yet turned 30, I think he has great promise.

Can he act? We'll see. I'm satisfied knowing that he translates music with passion.

Learn more about Elizabeth's ideal Benjamin, Robin Ticciati, HERE!

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Curse time, 'cause Benedict could have been amazing in this role, but nonetheless I think Robin Ticciati fits the bill perfectly. And it doesn't hurt that he's really sweet-looking :D Thank you so much to Elizabeth Kiem for the dream cast post and Meredith Barnes for making me apart of the blog tour! Here's a little bit about Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy:

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They thought they had run far enough...

Marina Dukovskaya is poised to make her debut as the Bolshoi's prima ballerina, an Artist of the People hand chosen by Leonid Brezhnev's regime, just as her mother Sveta was years ago. But that was then. Now, Sveta spends her time loudly claiming knowledge of a sinister government secret (that she acquired through "visions," no less). When she disappears, institutionalized by the government, they tell Marina "It's for her own good."

Fearing arrest as Sveta's sympathizers, Marina and her father defect to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. But it seems the worst of old Russia's crooks and con men have followed, and Marina finds herself suddenly alone when her father's entanglement in the burgeoning Russian mob ends in tragedy. Tragedy Marina foresaw. Maybe Sveta's visions weren't all in her head after all.

Either way Marina has a deadly mystery on her hands.

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