"Nicolai Azarenko experiences crazy dreams. Even as a child his parents quizzed him over breakfast, demanding to know of his latest visions.
As a grown man his dreams grow stronger and crazier than ever. He is a time-served wheel-tapper labouring on the railways, but is desperate for a change in career.
That is not an easy thing to do in Stalinist Russia in the 1950s, but his persistence pays off.
But disturbing dreams cannot be controlled, and he discovers that standing out in the Soviet Union is not a safe place to be.
"The Bookshop by the Moscow River" is a book like no other, filled with fears and dreams, and many scenes that live with the reader long after the book is set down.
Part political thriller, part love story, and part social comment on living under authoritarian rule in the early 1950s, this book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride where you can't help but root for the good people, knowing that not all of them will make it through."