Lady of the Snakes
by Rachel Pastan
Jane Levitsky is a brilliant scholar of nineteenth-century Russian literature, but she is also a mother and a wife. Juggling it all becomes difficult as Jane becomes enmeshed in the diaries of Masha Karkov, the long suffering wife of Grigory Karkov. Then Jane makes a brilliant discovery.
This book combines the literary detective story with the problems of being a working mother. Just as Jane is on the brink of having it all, everything begins to unravel.
Rachel Pastan is refreshingly honest in her depictions of academic politics as well as domestic demands. I adored this book.