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Rare Objects Audiobook

Rare Objects: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In Depression-era Boston, a city divided by privilege and poverty, two unlikely friends are bound by a dangerous secret in this mesmerizing work of historical fiction from the New York Times best-selling author of The Perfume Collector.

Maeve Fanning is a first-generation Irish immigrant born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston's North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable, and as headstrong as her red hair suggests, she's determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression.

However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin - a rebellious appetite that soon finds her spiraling downward, leading a double life. When the strain proves too much, Maeve becomes an unwilling patient in a psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman who, like Maeve, is unable or unwilling to control her unladylike desire for freedom.

Once out, Maeve faces starting over. Armed with a bottle of bleach and a few white lies, she lands a job at an eccentric antiques shop catering to Boston's wealthiest and most peculiar collectors. Run by an elusive English archeologist, the shop is a haven of the obscure and incredible, providing rare artifacts as well as unique access to the world of America's social elite. While delivering a purchase to the wealthy Van der Laar family, Maeve is introduced to beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar - only to discover she's the young woman from the hospital.

Reunited with the charming but increasingly unstable Diana and pursued by Diana's attractive brother, James, Maeve becomes more and more entwined with the Van der Laar family - a connection that pulls her into a world of moral ambiguity, deceit, and, ultimately, betrayal. Bewitched by their wealth and desperate to leave her past behind, Maeve is forced to unearth her true values and discover how far she'll go to reinvent herself.

©2016 Kathleen Tessaro (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Catherine Johnson 04-16-16

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    A bit lengthy but quite an interesting story with excellent character development. Descriptive, thoughtful writing

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    This is a very interesting story I do wish that there was more. It left unanswered questions.

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    LFH COOKEVILLE, TN, US 06-09-17
    LFH COOKEVILLE, TN, US 06-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    I really liked this book. Well-developed characters, interesting plot lines and descriptive literary style. The narration was, also, top notch. Recommended!

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    "Ended too soon"

    Opening museum scene has no connection to end of book. Is there a sequel in the making?

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    "Memorable good read!"

    A young pretty Irish girl with spirit, wit, & intelligence, somehow landed in more difficulty than she could handle in New York City. Hitting rock bottom she comes home to Boston to try to find work & make a new life after 1929 crash. Wanting a fresh start Maeve Fanning becomes May Fanning , bleached her fiery red hair a "Harlow" blonde hair and enters the society set through her new job at the rarefied antiques shop & her past connection to a Society young friend.
    There in lies a tail....a story of class , conflict, & a realization that money doesn't buy happiness .

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    Heather D. Idaho, USA 05-03-17
    Heather D. Idaho, USA 05-03-17 Member Since 2015

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    loved it, takes you back to a different time, different values, different easy of thinking

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    Stephen T. Wilson 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    Lovely in its prose. Tessaro offers a never ending minutia so delightful and layered, every scene can be throughly imagined and enjoyed. In tandem, I was left riveted by what would happen next to the wonderful antihero and protagonist Maeve Fanning

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    Leesa 02-07-17
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    "Unexpected and fascinating story"

    Susan Bennett's narration really brings out the personalities of all the characters. So many distinct voices, it's really lovely​.

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    Ruth Bain 01-28-17
    Ruth Bain 01-28-17

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    "Boston, circa 1932"

    The strongest element of this book is the setting, Boston, 1932-33. There are some lovely discriptions of the ethnic community where Maeve lives with her Irish mother and Italian neighbors. Even though the story was a little over-long (a trim by an editor would have helped ) I enjoyed this one. Excellent narration by Susan Bennett.

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    Stephanie 09-20-16
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    Would you try another book from Kathleen Tessaro and/or Susan Bennett?

    I enjoyed this historical novel based in Boston in the 1930's. I'm looking forward to checking out other books. Susan Bennett did a great job with voices and accents.


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    Shorten the length of the story, but otherwise it was beautifully written.


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