RED YEAR, a new novel set in China and Moscow, 1927
A RED-HAIRED WOMAN FROM CHICAGO SINGLE-HANDEDLY FORCE JOSEPH STALIN
TO BACK DOWN?
1927. Thirty-three-year-old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing
journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of
Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing
Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna
hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese
revolution’s founder, to Moscow.
Moscow doesn’t welcome the women. Borodin shuns them. Rayna’s
stipend and her housing arrangements are cancelled. “Go home,”
she is told. But Rayna does not want to go home to an ordinary life,
to her husband and Chicago. Instead she applies to a Soviet espionage
school that soon demands she spy on Mme. Sun. The Chinese widow is,
by now, in grave danger as her exit visa is blocked. Rayna must make
a choice—Borodin and Russia or Mme. Sun and China.