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Praise

"A heady mix of Soviet politics, artistic temperament and historical destiny. Poignant and impressive."— Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

"An intriguing mix of romance, spying and hope—unforgettable reading."— Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent

"A compelling Cold War novel that showcases the power of music as a force for change both spiritually and politically."— Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Humanitarian

"A fascinating look at the oppression of creative artists in Azerbaijan in the Soviet era, based on the author's own experience. The Orphan Sky beguiles with its atmospheric descriptions of the country's enthralling ancient culture and legends."— Helen Rappaport, author of The Romanov Sisters

"Dazzlingly original. Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto 3 meets The Kite Runner."— Mona Golabek, Pianist, author of The Children of Willesden Lane

"Ella Leya writes like a dream. Her story and her characters are real in the best way, leaping off the pages and into the hearts and minds of readers where they are likely to remain forever."— Rick Kogan, author of Everybody Pays

"A timeless story of love and redemption based on the great theme of music transcending the darkness."— Maxim Vengerov, Violinist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

"I could hear the music while reading this extraordinary book. The Orphan Sky has everything a reader could want: the thrill of young romance, the tension of spying, and a window into a captivating past of Azerbaijan."— Deborah Rodriguez, author of The Kabul Beauty School

"Set amidst the backdrop of the Cold War, rich with culture and lyricism, The Orphan Sky is the moving story of one young woman's rare talent, difficult lessons and hard-won courage. Gripping and emotionally powerful."— Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of Secret Daughter