Decades later, Ellie receives a piece of evidence never found with her sister's body: Lila's notebook, filled with mathematical formulas. It will lead her to a hundred-year-old mathematical puzzle, to a lover no one knew Lila had, to the motives and fate of the man who profited from their family's anguish...and to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other.
©2008 Michelle Richmond; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"As complex and beautiful as a mathematical proof, this gripping, thought-provoking novel will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned." (Family Circle)
I enjoyed this book so much! I loved the Math, the Coffee Tasting, the Travel, and San Francisco. I think Ms. Richmond has a lovely way about her prose, but what I loved most was the rich tapestry of new information that I got just as wrapped up in as the story. I was fascinated by the explanation of a perfect number, and found myself wondering what my own favorite number might be – and I’ve always been a bit of a math phobic. I was equally fascinated by the information about coffee tasting and the attributes that might equip someone to be a good taster. I found the “business” of this story very enriching to the experience of this book. The larger themes of the book – the sudden unexplained death of a loved one and how that death can disrupt, or even derail the lives of those left behind was handled well – as was another major theme about how people can co-opt great tragedy for their own career advancement without any real regard for truth or responsibility for the way their opportunistic use of other people’s tragedies can become as much as an assault as the original injury.
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