Heads You Win

Heads You Win

Book - 2018
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Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander's future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel .

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250172501
Branch Call Number: ARCHER J
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 20, 2018

Archer employs the trope used in Sliding Doors (the 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow movie) to spin this charming yarn in two parallel stories covering Archer's favourite interests: politics, art and business. While the movie is comedic, the novel is dramatic and the novel would have earned more than four stars if Archer could have figured out a better ending. Still a highly entertaining and recommended read.


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