Passion, redemption, and a battered old suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times best-selling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale of lost love and female ambition that crosses generations.
Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family's past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history.
Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the necessary support to her liminal position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany. The arrival of Dr. Grant's magnetic former student at the beginning of Europe's fateful summer interrupts this delicate détente. Lionel Richardson, a captain in the British Army, challenges Violet to escape her husband's perverse hold, and as the world edges into war and Lionel's shocking true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free and seek a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own.
As the iridescent and fractured Vivian digs deeper into her aunt's past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet's story of determination and desire unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad - and teaching Vivian to reach forward with grace for the ambitious future - and the love - she wants most.
©2014 Beatriz Williams (P)2014 Penguin Audio
Yes. I loved the characters.
Vivian - very witty but also kind and sensitive
Delivery of wit as well emotion. Her delivery of Mr. Grant really painted his true character.
I LOVED the addition of Einstein and the history of pre-WWI developments. Also, I might need to re-listen because I missed what Violet spoke to Jane about. How did that play out? My stars are based on the fact that it completely captured me.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
This book was an interesting enough read, but it was lacking in depth or continuity. It has the feeling of a novel in installments. Okay to pass the time,
I really enjoyed the story line itself. But Violet's husband's continual need to call her "child" was distracting. It kept giving the sensation that he was a pervert who liked little kids, when in fact that never was revealed. The first few times he called her "child" wasn't a big deal, but the fact that it never bothered her was irksome. And more so that the term was used over and over and over and over again. I stopped listening several times because I was sick of hearing it.
This was a really fun one one to listen to as I drove for two days. Witty and sweet, playful and a little sexy but nothing that would embarrass me if someone needed to jump in the car with me for a bit. Loved it.
I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.
I can't wait to hear the next book....excellent narrative performance. So many levels of interest.
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