Posted on June 13, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Elizabeth Gilbert has pulled a novel off her publication schedule in response to reader objections.

The Guardian, among other outlets, reports that The Snow Forest was originally set to come out in February 2024.

But its plot — a Russian fundamentalist family who lived in complete isolation for some forty-plus years in Siberia — rankled many Ukrainian readers, given that Russia invaded their country over a year ago.

Gilbert said in a video on her Instagram account that she heard and read messages objecting to the book and respects them. 

"It is not the time for this book to be published," she said, in part.

“And I do not want to add any harm to a group of people who have already experienced and who are all continuing to experience grievous and extreme harm.”

Gilbert is well-known for her memoir Eat Pray Love (and its movie adaptation) plus the novels The Signature of All Things and City of Girls

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