In the winter of 1941–1942, Leningrad is under siege, and Karen Hamilton, a seventeen-year-old American musician, finds herself trapped and struggling to survive. Throughout the city, people are dying of starvation and frostbite, and Karen knows that if she doesn’t escape immediately, she will share their fate. If she has any hope of leaving Russia and reuniting with her fiancé, Bobby, in New York, she must do the impossible: cross enemy lines and then stow away.
On her harrowing journey, Karen encounters Petr, a young conscripted Russian soldier. She isn’t sure she can trust him—he is equally wary of her. But as the two join forces in order to stay alive, an unexpected romance takes root.
Now, as Karen gets closer to the reality of escape, she has a choice to make: Will she return to a safe life in America with Bobby, or remain in war-torn Russia with Petr?
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About the Author
Chad Thumann, a Los Angeles native, has written for the stage, theater, and television. While earning a master’s degree in colonial Latin American history, he wrote plays that premiered at the Powerhouse Theater and the Playwrights’ Arena. In film and television, he has had a long and fruitful writing partnership with Laurence Malkin; together they have developed screenplays for US studios and independent production companies, including Sony Pictures Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Lionsgate, Bold Films, and Pathé. In television, they have created shows for NBC, FX, Syfy, and AMC. The Undesirables is Thumann’s first novel.