From the author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Private Lives of Pippa Lee comes a brilliantly original novel about desire, faith, love, acting – and reincarnation. In eighteenth-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can.
At age 50, Pippa Lee is the devoted wife of a brilliant and successful older publisher, the proud mother of successful twins, and an adored friend and neighbor. She and her husband have recently cast off Gramercy Park for Marigold Village in mature anticipation of oncoming old age and a serene new chapter of life. But under the surface, Pippa's past - a past of surprising grit, deceit, and betrayal - has begun to seep in and invade her present.
"Kept me interested"
According to conventional wisdom, the deterioration of US-Israeli relations is the result of personal animosity between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama. But ill-will is more of a symptom than a cause. In fact, the increased friction reflects a new Israeli grand strategy. Rather than seeking to minimize differences with the United States over Iran and Palestine, as previous Israeli governments had done, Netanyahu has worked to diversify Israel's international partnerships, cultivating new friends - from India to China to Saudi Arabia - so that Israel is less dependent on the United States.