The Woman Behind The Waterfall by Leonora Meriel
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction, Magic Realism
Novel Synopsis: Heartbreak and redemption in the beauty of a Ukrainian village
For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around
her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and
flowers, and into the waters of the river. All that changes when, one morning,
she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an
extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful
Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is
destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?
Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its
Press and Reviews:~
“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an
intoxicating worlds” – Kirkus Reviews
“A strange and beautiful novel” – Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky,
Peerless Flats, Mr Mac and Me
“A literary work of art” – Fiona Adams, Richmond Magazine
“Timeless and universal novel” – Goodreads & Amazon reviewer
“A beautiful, thought-provoking exploration of family ties” – MP, Amazon reviewer
Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of
Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in
New York, and then for a law firm. In 2003 she moved to Kyiv, where she
founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv
Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA. During her years in Ukraine, she
learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to
know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development. In 2008, she
returned to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the
Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. Her second book, The Unity Game
will be released in May 2017.
A word from Author:~
Hello book lovers and thank you for having me on your blog! I’m happy to be in
any place there are readers and writers.
I’d like to write a few words today about the place where my novel is set –
Ukraine is a huge country of 50 million people in Europe, with 7 countries
surrounding it – Poland, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Hungary, Belarus and
I lived in the capital – Kyiv – for 10 years, and spent a lot of time exploring the
different cities and villages and countryside and learning the languages, and
about the culture. During this time, I completely fell in love with the country and to
this day it has a huge place in my heart.
I decided to set my debut novel in a village in western Ukraine – which is near
the border with Poland. This is my favourite part of the country, and I think, the
most beautiful. The villages there look like you have walked into a fairytale and
people still have many animals – there are always geese in the road and goats
tied up to fences and every home has a dog, and probably chickens and a
rooster. The villages can be noisy places!
The springtime in Ukraine is especially amazing because it comes after months
and months of heavy snow and hard winter. Suddenly, everything is wild and
green and growing before your eyes. It’s a dramatic change after the white and
grey your eyes have got used to.
I hope that some of my readers might be inspired to find out more about this
amazing country and even to visit it! In the meantime, I have tried to paint a
picture of what it is like in my novel.
Thank you for reading!
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