I WAS ANASTASIA

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What Others Are Saying About I WAS ANASTASIA:

“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. Written with masterful intensity and moments of true human compassion.” — Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War

“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 it’s beguiling opening to its catch-my-breath ending —  in my heart and imagination for a long, long while.” — Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and The Bookshop at Water’s End

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

“I WAS ANASTASIA is a wild train trip through time. The doors swish open here, then there, scenes sometimes racing by, sometimes drifting far into the mysterious lives of Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson. Every view is tantalizing, surprising, compelling, and utterly fascinating. Ariel Lawhon unfolds a complicated story with skill, style, and compassion.” — Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“A wildly unique look at the dual mysteries of Anastasia Romanov and her possible imposter Anna Anderson results in a brilliant reimagining of two fascinating lives. Complex, exciting, and beautifully written, Lawhon never disappoints. Her impeccable research and lush prose make I WAS ANASTASIA compulsively readable. A fantastic novel.”  — J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of LIE TO ME

“I WAS ANASTASIA crackles with authenticity. Lawhon focuses a glittering, sharp-edged lens on the intertwined reality of Anna and Anastasia, bringing the reader closer to their story than any other writer or filmmaker has ever dared. Intimate and heartbreaking, brittle as Siberian ice, yet intricate as a snowflake. A mesmerizing triumph.” –​ Laura Benedict, Edgar-nominated author of the Bliss House trilogy

“In I Was Anastasia, Ariel Lawhon vividly reimagines both the stories of Anastasia Romanov and of Anna Anderson, the woman who claims to be Anastasia years later. Beautifully written and masterfully plotted, Lawhon deftly interweaves these two women’s lives into a gripping and richly detailed historical novel with the pace of a thriller. I was absolutely captivated.” — JillianCantor, author of MARGOT and THE LOST LETTER