City of Thieves by David Benioff
At first glance, a novel about two young men who meet in Leningrad during the Nazi siege sounds unpromising. Russian novels (about or by) are not only a little bizarre, but inevitably take place in sub-zero temperatures. City of Thieves is both bizarre and chilly, but utterly engaging.
I have recommended this combination buddy narrative, fairy tale, romance, and war story to men of all ages, book club pals, girlfriends, and my mom, and everyone