I really did like A.D. Miller’s first novel, Snowdrops, very much. It certainly deserves its Booker Long List status. Although the plot is somehat confusing and in the end unsatisfying, Miller’s depictions of post-Soviet Moscow and an interesting collection of its inhabitants are descriptive writing at its best.
Nicholas, the narrator, is a nearly forty English lawyer who has resettled from calm and predictive London to the whirlwind of contemporary Moscow. It’s a love-hate relationship with the new Russia, and Miller is at his best in exposing ironies and contradictions in his keen observations of the nation and the personalities he focuses on in his novel.