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Author Eva Stachniak on Catherine the Great

_DSC7875_small.jpgThere is a spy in Catherine the Great's palace in The Winter Palace, a new novel by Canadian author Eva Stachniak.

The story of Catherine the Great is told by an orphaned Polish girl, Varvara. Varvara finds herself in the service of the German Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst who goes on to become Catherine, one of the most powerful women in history.

Varvara adjusts to palace life, as does Catherine, by learning some painful lessons along the way about trust.

Eva Stachniak spoke with Sonali Karnick about Catherine's power and mystique.

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