A. D. Miller's "Snowdrops" is indeed a page-turner, as the judges of the Man Booker award have indicated. (Miller's debut is shortlisted for the award.) Much of its allure is the insider's view of modern Russia and the atmospheric, snow-charged, toe-numbing winters.
It's that time of year when the Brits count down to the best new 2011 novel published in the British Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. Here's the final six, with links to synopses to help you make choices for your reading table. Also, the interesting premise that influenced the judges.