Acclaimed novelist Brian Hall presents a fascinating and exquisitely written novel about the art and life of Robert Frost.
In a hotel room in Moscow in November 1962, Robert Frost waits to meet Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Frost has been invited to the USSR by Ambassador Dobrynin for this unlikely conversation, so here he is: old, deaf, and perhaps deluded, the famous poet hoping to persuade the infamous politician to loosen his grip on Berlin and retreat from a nuclear standoff with the U.S. over Cuba. Words, Frost believes, may save the world from imminent destruction. His words in particular. We know better, of course. Within three months the poet will be dead. Within a year President Kennedy will be killed. The planet will survive, thanks to words perhaps, but not those of any poet.