Elizabeth Kostova - The Shadow Land
Kostova burst on the literary scene with The Historian, a fresh and chilling take on the Dracula legend, which won the Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year. Returning to Eastern Europe for her third novel, Kostova follows an American woman, Alexandra, through Sofia, Bulgaria, recounting her unexpected task of returning an urn of human ashes to its rightful owners. In order to track down the couple who lost it, Alexandra traces the person whose name is engraved on the box holding the urn. When this leads her to a secretive musician, she’s suddenly plunged into the fallout of some of recent history’s most harrowing events.