A tumultuous coupling
War & Peace and Sonya
by Judith Armstrong
Pier 9, $29.99 pb, 249 pp, 9781742665405
Judith Armstrong, a Russian and French scholar, has translated the diaries of Tolstoy’s wife, Sonya, to form the focus of her second novel. Armstrong combines an intimate knowledge of Russian literature with a close reading of the couple’s diaries to create a convincing portrait of their volatile relationship through forty-eight years of marriage.