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"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 also beguiles with its atmospheric descriptions of the country's enthralling ancient culture and legends."  

Helen Rappaport, New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters


"This is one of those timeless stories of love and redemption that stay with you for years. The great theme of music transcending the darkness is at the heart of this powerful novel, with its soaring lyricism rooted deep in moral complexity."  

Maxim Vengerov, Violinist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador


"An intriguing mix of romance, spying and hope—unforgettable reading."

Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent


"A compelling Cold War novel that showcases the power of music as a force for change and breaking down barriers both spiritually and politically."

Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Humanitarian


"The Orphan Sky is a heady mix of Soviet politics, artistic temperament and historical destiny. Leila's journey from naive school girl parroting Communist propaganda to passionate musician determined to gain personal freedom is poignant and impressive."

Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring


​"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 fascinating culture along with a glimpse into a captivating past of Azerbaijan."

Deborah Rodriguez, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul 


"The Orphan Sky is a culturally intoxicating, emotionally gripping, and dazzlingly original book. Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto 3 meets Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. I loved it!"

Mona Golabek, pianist, actress, author of The Children of Willesden Lane: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival 


"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, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter


 


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