As a gifted piano student, Konstantin struggles to hold on to beauty and bravado among the bleakness and brutality of late-Cold War Bulgaria, where his talents are rigidly cultivated even as his independence is stifled. Nikolai Grozni tells the semi-autobiographical story of a place and time that, like childhood or a moving passage of music, exists now only in memory.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.