From Goodreads: Set in New York’s Russian émigré community, Vaclav & Lena is a timeless love story from a stunningly gifted young novelist.

Vaclav and Lena, both the children of Russian émigrés, are at the same time from radically different worlds. While Vaclav’s burgeoning love of performing magic is indulged by hard-working parents pursuing the American dream, troubled orphan Lena is caught in a domestic situation no child should suffer through. Taken in as one of her own by Vaclav’s big-hearted mother, Lena might finally be able to blossom; in the naive young magician’s eyes, she is destined to be his “faithful assistant”…but after a horrific discovery, the two are ripped apart without even a goodbye. Years later, they meet again. But will their past once more conspire to keep them apart?


The wonderful folks at Random House not only sent me a copy of Vaclav & Lena, they also sent me a copy to share with a friend. I thought who better to share it with than my friends in the blogosphere.  Leave a comment July 29th at 11:59pm EDT and I will pick on winner using Random.org. Good luck everyone. (Sorry–U.S. and Canada only)