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July 2018
Bloomsbury UK / Raven Books

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Invitation to a Bonfire

A Novel - U.K. Edition
Adrienne Celt

A seductive, sensual and sinister love triangle set in 1930s America and inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage

Zoya Andropova, a young Russian refugee, finds herself in an elite New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by her new country's paranoia about Soviet spies. 

When she meets charismatic fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov — whose books Zoya has obsessed over for years — everything seems to change. But she soon discovers that Leo is bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera, and that their relationship is far more complex than Zoya could ever have imagined.


Adrienne Celt earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Arizona State University in 2012. Her debut novel, "The Daughters," won the PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction and was an NPR Best Book of the Year and an NYPL Favorite Book of the Year.

Praise for this book

“Engrossing, endearing, phenomenal — this book will set you on fire. In this brilliant novel, Adrienne Celt's lush prose and mousetrap plot deliver a wild wonder.”

Alissa Nutting
Author of "Tampa" and "Made for Love"

“Part psychological thriller and part literary puzzle, 'Invitation to a Bonfire' is a sexy, brilliant and gripping novel about the fine line between passion and obsession. I am in awe of Celt's mastery as a prose stylist and storyteller.”

Edan Lepucki
Author of "California" and "Woman No. 17"