Our book group meets on the first Monday night of every month. January's book is City of Thieves, by David Benioff. Winner of an Alex Award, this novel was inspired by the tape-recorded memories of author Benioff's grandfather.
It's New Year's Eve, 1941, and Lev Beniov is alone in Leningrad. (Note that last name: The 17-year-old's mother and sister were evacuated before the siege began in September; his father, a respected poet, was "removed" by the NKVD in 1937. Lev's real troubles begin when a German paratrooper, frozen to death, lands on his street. Lev deserts his firefighter's post, steals the German's knife, is arrested by soldiers and jailed.