The beginning of spring is a novel by british author penelope fitzgeraldset in moscow in 1913 it tells the story of a moscow born son of a british emigre manufacturer whose britain born wife has suddenly abandoned him and their three children. The beginning of spring is a comedy lit by writing so precise and lilting that it can make you shiver and an elegy that nods at what passes without lamentation or indifference los angeles times richard eder. Penelope fitzgerald 1916 2000 has written some of my absolutely favorite novels the blue flowerthe bookshop and now the beginning of spring they are unconventional and superbly right one feels the surprises are true. The beginning of spring penelope fitzgerald author henry holt company 1845 187p isbn 978 0 8050 0981 1 more by and about this author set in moscow in the spring of 1913 the story . The beginning of spring reveals a world thats shifting like the ice that permeates the book until towards the end it begins to disintegrate and thaw but above all the novel is a cracking read
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