Really enjoyed this book! I like the three different stories set in different time periods and how they relate to the peacock pendant. Not as intricately woven as I had hoped but thoroughly researched! The exploration of Judaism and what it means to be a Jew before WWII, during, just after and at present was very insightful. I was left feeling very touched emotionally after reading this book. Would definitely recommended it!
I’ve seen this one before: person discovers object from the past, (musical instrument, religious item, painting, piece of jewelry) and at least 3 tales about the object in different centuries are told. Usually in the modern story, the discoverer has some sort of affair with, like a museum curator. But stringing together barely related stories around an object doesn’t necessarily result in a novel that’s satisfying to read. If fact, this format is getting shopworn. The first tale about a soldier in post-WWII Europe was compelling. Not so much the rest.
I was disappointed in this book. I have read and loved Siddons books for many years, and always look forward to her newest book. This was not at all like her previous books, I fear she has lost her knack. Characters not well developed and story line very predictable.
Really enjoyed this book. Loved the three different stories from separate periods in time and particularly enjoyed the way they linked together. Recommend.
Loved this book! Very unique as it spanned different time periods. Loved the author's style. Made me do some research into the subject matter to see how much of this was true! I will want to read more by this author.
FYI: I read an ARC of this book. As a fan of her Mommy-Track mysteries, this book was a welcome, surprising leap. I should have anticipated the change in her writing, though, as it is very much in line with her Twitter persona: smart, almost painfully gifted at seeing every side of a story, ready for a fight, proudly Jewish. I considered whether I saw any influence from her husband's work, and nothing jumped out; instead, I saw parallels to Jonathan Franzen, as like him Waldman has a great ear for argument dialogue where futures would seemingly hang in the balance if the intensity of the arguments are to be believed - but in fact, the outside world is not nearly so affected by the problems of the characters, and all of the risks are taken just in the expression of thoughts to lovers, the consequences not reflected in external circumstances but in whether the lovers continue on together. I also enjoyed the format of three separate-but-connected stories - anyone who likes how fiction plays with truth and memory should try it.
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