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The Secret of the Nightingale Palace: A Novel by [Sachs, Dana]
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Length: 368 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This cross-generational road trip spans both the continent and the years as an estranged grandmother and granddaughter reconnect while driving from New York to San Francisco on a mysterious mission to return a collection of Japanese art to its rightful owner. While Anna, a 35-year-old widow unable and unwilling to move forward with her life, and Goldie, a waspishly stylish octogenarian, drive across the country, Goldie shares some well-hidden secrets from her life in San Francisco in the 1940s, including her passionately tangled relationship with a Japanese family. After undertaking this enlightening trip down memory lane with her grandmother, Anna is finally able to acknowledge and come to grips with her own emotional paralysis. As with most well-crafted literary journeys, it’s not really about the destination, but this one does feature a sweetly surprising, cinematically styled twist at the end of the road. An ideal recommendation for the book-club set. --Margaret Flanagan

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“This is Dana Sachs’s best yet. THE SECRET OF THE NIGHTINGALE PALACE is a charming story, beautifully told. Her prose puts one in mind of the Japanese prints she writes about: colorful, spare, and evocative.” (George Bishop, author of Letter to My Daughter)

“Dana Sachs’s beautifully written novel, The Secret of the Nightingale Palace, is so pitch perfect that you’ll be sad when it’s over. A gifted storyteller, Sachs has created a multi-generational page-turner that will keep you reading late into the night. Brilliant!” (Celia Rivenbark, author of You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl)

“Sachs’ latest is so beautiful in every aspect that readers will have difficulty pinpointing the best parts. Rich in San Francisco history with brilliant characters you’ll warm up to, the two different storylines will enrapture you as well....Elegant and tasteful, this novel is not to be missed.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))

“As with most well-crafted literary journeys, it’s not really about the destination, but this one does feature a sweetly surprising, cinematically styled twist at the end of the road. An ideal recommendation for the book-club set.” (Booklist)

“[A] satisfying story...Goldie’s lesson to her granddaughter becomes obvious: we must move past our losses to “make out own parties.” I won’t give away the twist at the end but will say every time I think of teh way Goldie made her own party, I smile.” (Historical Novels Review)

“[A] graceful exploration of the human heart. With her signature elegance, she examines the burden of family secrets and how the complexities of culture can both divide and unite at the same time... this hypnotic, satisfying novel will linger in your thoughts long after you finish the last page.” (Kim Fay, author of The Map of Lost Memories)

“Old-fashioned in the best of ways, this story of a grandmother and granddaughter-revisiting the past in order to chart the future-has all the romantic elegance of the ‘62 Silver Cloud in which they zoom across the country.” (Michael Lowenthal, author of The Paternity Test and Charity Girl)

“Sachs takes us from fury to laughter and loss to healing as the true value of a Japanese treasure is finally revealed.” (Pamela Schoenewaldt, author of WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS)

Product details

  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOI2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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