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The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn, Scoville Memorial Library and Oblong Books & Music
The Red Daughter is a sweeping historical novel and unexpected love story inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. In one of the most momentous events of the Cold War, Alliluyeva, the only daughter of the Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, abruptly abandoned her life in Moscow in 1967, arriving in New York to throngs of reporters and a nation hungry to hear her story. By her side was Peter Horvath, a young lawyer sent by the CIA to smuggle Svetlana into America.
Novelist John Burnham Schwartz’s father was the young lawyer who escorted Svetlana Alliluyeva to the United States. Drawing upon private papers and years of extensive research, Schwartz imaginatively re-creates the story of an extraordinary, troubled woman’s search for a new life and a place to belong, in the powerful, evocative prose that has made him an acclaimed author of literary and historical fiction.
John Burnham Schwartz is the bestselling author of five novels, including “Northwest Corner”, “The Commoner”, and “Reservation Road”,which was made into a film based on his screenplay. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and he has done extensive screen and television writing for major Hollywood studios, including as screenwriter of HBO Films’ “The Wizard of Lies”,, for which he was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing. Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, he lives in Brooklyn.