Madame Balashovskaya's Apartment is a complex tale of love and betrayal revolving around ninety-year-old matriarch Eugenie Balashovskaya. She is approaching the end of her life, but her apartment in Paris is very much alive with the comings and goings of her family and the remembered presences of those she has loved and lost.
Madame Balashovskaya moves naturally between past and present and between waking and dreaming. Through her eyes, we catch glimpses of her escape from Kiev during the revolution, her marriage to a gifted Russian musician and their short life together in Boston before his death, her family's survival during World War II, and the death of her daughter, Rose.
Frequent visitors to the Balashovskaya apartment are Rose's two grown children, who are both struggling to come to terms with their mother's drowning.
Madame Balashovskaya also has a tenant, Anna, whose presence in the apartment draws the past even more tangibly close and seems to be the only person able to shed some light on the true nature of Rose's untimely death.
Martha Baillie is a Canadian actor and writer. She was born in Toronto and has lived in Scotland, where she studied at the University of Edinburgh, and in Paris, where she attended the Sorbonne. Her most recent novel, The Incident Report (Pedlar Press) was shortlisted for The Giller Prize.
Martha lives in Toronto with her daughter and husband and works for the Toronto Public Library.