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Butterfly in Amber

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Butterfly in Amber

Delia, an independent-minded Montreal woman of sixty and sexually experienced, leaves her married lover to go on a cruise along the Volga and enters into a forbidden but lustful and satisfying liaison with Kostya, a young member of the ship’s crew. Kostya, looking out for the best opportunity to leave his country, is in it for more than erotic pleasures, something Delia understands and acts accordingly. Inappropriate dalliance, however, on board and ports of call in a Russia at war with Chechnya is not the sole narrative engine of this acutely written novel. Memory and identity, the inexorable passing of time, and the desire to be more in imagination than in actuality, are driving motivators in the lives of such characters as the brilliantly conceived, and possibly lunatic Frank, an elderly gentleman who believes himself to be the son of the murdered tsarevitch Alexis and has designs on Delia. Kostya’s colourful mother and the mysterious, threatening man who seems to follow Delia also have their own plans. Butterfly in Amber is a novel about choices, sex, living life on unfamiliar terrain, and the courage to act according to one’s desires, the consequences be damned, although discretion is always advisable, if not always followed.


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Author Kenneth Radu

Ken Radu

Author Biography

Twice recipient of the Quebec Writers’ Federation award for Best English-language fiction, Kenneth Radu has published novels, short stories, and non-fiction. His last books include two collections of stories, Earthbound, and Sex in Russia, also published by DC Books. He taught for many years at John Abbott College and lives near Montreal.


Butterfly in Amber, Kenneth Radu, 200 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Novel, April, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-927599-24-2 (paper) . . . $21.95

ISBN: 978-1-927599-25-9 Bound*) . . . $36.95

* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on hand bound cover, no dust jacket.

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Also by the Author

Earthbound, 176 pp, 5.5 x 8.5, November 2012, Short Stories, ISBN 1-897190-87-5, 978-1-897190-87-6 (paper) ... $18.95 — ISBN 1-897190-88-3, 978-1-897190-88-3 (Hard Cover) ... $32.95

Net Worth, Kenneth Radu, 192 pp, 5.5 x 8.5, April 2018, Short Stories, ISBN 978-1-927599-45-7 (paper) ... $21.95

Sex in Russia, 192 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, April 2010, Short Stories — ISBN: 978-1-897190-65-4 (paper) ... $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-897190-66-1 (Hard Cover) ... $32.95

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