Debra Dean worked as an actor in the New York theatre for nearly a decade before opting for the life of a writer. She lives with her husband in Seattle, where she teaches literature and writing. Her first novel was 'The Madonnas of Leningrad'.
"In her excellent second novel, THE MIRRORED WORLD, Debra Dean has
composed a resonant and compelling tale. . . . Dean's writing is
superb; she uses imagery natural to the story and an earlier
"Dean's novel grows more profound and affecting with every page."--Booklist
"For those familiar with the story of St. Xenia, this is a gratifying take on a compelling woman. For others, Dean's vivid prose and deft pacing make for a quick and entertaining read."--Publishers Weekly
"In Debra Dean's skilled hands, history comes alive. . . . Though the world she creates is harsh and cold at times, it is the warmth at its center-- the power of love -- that stays with you in the end."--Miami Herald
"Love affairs, rivalries, intrigues, prophecy, cross-dressing, madness, sorrow, poverty--THE MIRRORED WORLD is a litany of both the homely and the miraculous. Intimate and richly appointed, Debra Dean's Imperial St. Petersburg is as sumptuous and enchanted as the Winter Palace."--Stewart O'Nan, bestselling author of Last Night at the Lobster