This week for Six Sentence Sunday, I’m sharing one of my favorite snippets from The Twelfth Time, my Russian novel sequel. It’s the annual Long Island summer vacation, August 1928, and the hated Anastasiya starts a fight with female protagonist Lyuba about her ongoing marital problems. She then makes a comment about how she must look like chopped meat after having a 12-pound baby with a huge head two and a half years ago, and is promptly put in her place by an unexpected source, her best friend’s butler.


“Must you be so vulgar and hateful in front of children?” Mr. Rhodes asks as he’s dusting a bookshelf. “I like how you pride yourself on being so ladylike and modest, and yet cavalierly making such shocking remarks about such personal matters.”

“You know Russian, Mr. Butler?” Fédya asks.

“After working for Mrs. Kalvik-Nikonova for so many years, I’ve picked it up.  They do say the butler sees and hears everything.”

“I can’t wait to get far, far away from this woman,” Lyuba says.

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