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I Was Anastasia

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
New York Times Bestseller

"Compelling and utterly fascinating." —Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

An enthralling feat of historical suspense that unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman's legacy?

 
             Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
 
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. 

Germany, February 17, 1920
: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. 
     
Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. 
     As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself.
     The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"I don’t know what’s most impressive about I Was Anastasia: the wildly inventive structure, the ferocious heroine (or is it two?), or the dark, twisted questions it raises about the stories we tell—both to others and to ourselves. Ariel Lawhon has written a gorgeous, haunting puzzle of a book that will grip you until the final page." - Karen Abbott

"Ariel Lawhon is a masterful storyteller; I Was Anastasia is a wild ride, extravagant with its vivid sensory experiences and page turning suspense. Inspired by history, and infused with imagination and intrigue, this novel satisfies with every twist and turn. I was both captivated and enchanted; I will carry this story—from its beguiling opening to its catch-my-breath ending — in my heart and imagination for a long, long while." - Patti Callahan Henry

"The fate of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the last Tsar, is an old mystery that never gets old. In the hands of Ariel Lawhon, it springs to life again, challenging everything we believe about what we remember and who we are. Was Anna Anderson really the only survivor of the Romanovs or was she a persistent fraud? Somehow, Lawhon, a masterly writer, not only leads her readers to ponder this riddle, but to care about it as well. This is a deft and deeply moving saga." - Jacquelyn Mitchard

"A young Tsarina traveling towards tragedy and an aging Grand Duchess penniless and betrayed. Twin stories so gripping you will believe history itself can be rewritten. Told with masterful intensity and moments of true human compassion." - Helen Simonson

"Compelling and utterly fascinating…drifts far into the mysterious lives of Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson." - Lisa Wingate


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: I Was Anastasia: A Novel
Author(s): Ariel Lawhon
ISBN: 0-385-54169-4 / 978-0-385-54169-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: I Was Anastasia
Author(s): Ariel Lawhon
ISBN: 1-101-97331-5 / 978-1-101-97331-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: I Was Anastasia: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Ariel Lawhon
ISBN: 0-525-52813-X / 978-0-525-52813-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Title: I Was Anastasia: A Novel
Author(s): Ariel Lawhon
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Title: I Was Anastasia: A Novel
Author(s): Ariel Lawhon
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Title: I Was Anastasia: A Novel
Author(s): Ariel Lawhon
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