The Patriots by Sana Krasikov
Sweeping multigenerational sagas are my jam, and this debut novel rings all my bells. It starts in NYC during the Great Depression, when Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn for Moscow. But when she arrives, she learns that things are a lot more complicated than they seemed, and Florence ends up staying. Many years later, her son Julian travels to the US, but continues to work in Moscow while investigating his mother’s recently opened KGB file. What he discovers is part of a greater story of distrust and secrecy between the two countries. This poignant story of family, love, and secrets is a stunner.
Backlist bump: Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak