The activity of Despite the Falling Snow moves between present day Boston and 1950s Moscow. After an early profession amongst the political world class of Cold War Russia, Alexander Ivanov has lived in the States for a long time. Here he has assembled an effective business; and here he has figured out how to cover the heartbreaking recollections encompassing his charming late wife, Katya – or so he accepts.
For into his life come two ladies – one who will begin to open up the heart he has kept ensured for so long; another why should decided reveal reality about what truly happened to Katya each one of those years prior. The novel’s trip back to the snowbound roads of post-Stalinist Moscow uncovers a problematic, perilous universe of mysteries and bad form.