In the hagiographic hall of fame that is the Russian artist’s wife—Sophia Tolstoy, Anna Dostoyevsky, Nadezhda Mandelstam, all muses who stood watch while their men created things of genius and who then jealously guarded their legacies—Lina Prokofiev is odd woman out. Her story almost cannot be believed, until Simon Morrison gained access to the documents (and the trust of the family) in order to tell it. Biography does not get more important than this.
 —Caryl Emerson, author of Mikhail Bakhtin and The Life of Musorgsky

Morrison energetically and compellingly traces Lina’s life from her childhood in Europe through her young adulthood in New York to her tempestuous marriage to the famed composer Serge Prokofiev, her time in the gulag, and her final years in the U.S. . . Morrison's powerful portrait reveals a haunting story of one woman’s tragedy and one man’s flaws.
 —Publishers Weekly

“An authority on the life and works of Serge Prokofiev charts the sad biographical arc of his wife, Lina, who spent some devastating years in the Soviet gulag. Morrison, who had access to the family and significant archival collections, has produced a gripping story of a young woman’s rise into the highest social and musical circles, her marriage to Prokofiev (whose principal affection was for his music, not his family), and their globe-trotting tours and swelling celebrity . . . Research, compassion and outrage combine in a story both riveting and wrenching.
 —Kirkus Reviews (starred)