Jazz With Ella

While on a study tour of the Soviet Union during the austere Brezhnev years, Jennifer, a Canadian student, is swept off her feet by a handsome Soviet man, Volodya. He is a discontented jazz pianist whose idol is singer Ella Fitzgerald—for him the symbol of everything mysterious and musical that can happen only in the west. Jennifer visits his haunts—and his bedroom—in Leningrad, and learns that he is under surveillance for consorting with foreigners. Jennifer refuses Volodya's desperate pleas to help him defect, and she leaves for the last leg of her trip, a Volga River cruise. But the romance is not over. Despite interference from her fussy professor, Chopyk, and a fierce tour guide, Natasha, Jennifer decides to risk it all.   "A richly layered, complex story of love and opportunism." –Betty Keller, author, A Thoroughly Wicked Woman and Better the Devil You Know. See Teaser - click here Order Now - click here
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Jazz With Ella  - Written by Jan DeGrass Price: $23.00 ISBN: 978-1-926763-24-8
Na Pamyat - Remembering Russia

Elemental - An Anthology

Elemental – An Anthology is a collection of stories and poems by the Gibson's Landing Writers, published in 2013. Jan Degrass Theresa Huntly Gayle Neilson Stephen Sell Joan Storey -Wilcox Sheila Weaver Order Now - click here
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During the summers of 1973 and 1974 I visited Russia, then known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, with a group of Canadian students who were studying Russian language and literature. I was young and daring; soon after I arrived in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) I met a man who would become the subject of this novel. Like my character, Volodya, he desperately wanted to leave the country. I hope he got his wish.   Many of my adventures in that strange, foreign land behind the iron curtain have been recounted in Jazz with Ella, based on my own notes and those of the other students.
ELEMENTAL An Anthology  Price: $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-9687770-1-5 Forge Publishing
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Jan DeGrass

Jazz With Ella

While on a study tour of the Soviet Union during the austere Brezhnev years, Jennifer, a Canadian student, is swept off her feet by a handsome Soviet man, Volodya. He is a discontented jazz pianist whose idol is singer Ella Fitzgerald—for him the symbol of everything mysterious and musical that can happen only in the west. Jennifer visits his haunts—and his bedroom—in Leningrad, and learns that he is under surveillance for consorting with foreigners. Jennifer refuses Volodya's desperate pleas to help him defect, and she leaves for the last leg of her trip, a Volga River cruise. But the romance is not over. Despite interference from her fussy professor, Chopyk, and a fierce tour guide, Natasha, Jennifer decides to risk it all.   "A richly layered, complex story of love and opportunism." –Betty Keller, author, A Thoroughly Wicked Woman and Better the Devil You Know. See Teaser - click here Order Now - click here
Jan DeGrass Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada
© JanDeGrass.com - all rights reserved 2016 - website designed by Sun Coast Designs
Jan DeGrass - photo by Susan Pottery Jazz With Ella - written by Jan DeGrass
Jazz With Ella  - Written by Jan DeGrass Price: $23.00 ISBN: 978-1-926763-24-8
Libros Libertad - Publisher for Jazz With Ella - Jan DeGrass Elemental - An Anthology  by Gibson's Landing Writers
Na Pamyat - Remembering Russia
During the summers of 1973 and 1974 I visited Russia, then known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, with a group of Canadian students who were studying Russian language and literature. I was young and daring; soon after I arrived in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) I met a man who would become the subject of this novel. Like my character, Volodya, he desperately wanted to leave the country. I hope he got his wish.   Many of my adventures in that strange, foreign land behind the iron curtain have been recounted in Jazz with Ella, based on my own notes and those of the other students.

Elemental - An Anthology

Elemental – An Anthology is a collection of stories and poems by the Gibson's Landing Writers, published in 2013. Jan Degrass Theresa Huntly Gayle Neilson Stephen Sell Joan Storey -Wilcox Sheila Weaver Order Now - click here
ELEMENTAL An Anthology  Price: $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-9687770-1-5 Forge Publishing
Jan DeGrass