Vida Winter is a a famous best selling author. She has written her last book, is dying and is finally ready to share her own story. The person she picks, Margaret Lea, a bookworm, antique books seller and minor biographer, has misgivings. Ms. Winters has "given nineteen different versions of your life story to journalists in the last two years alone." This time, however, she will tell the truth. The truth, the real story of who she is and where she came from, is an amazing story of secrets, family, ghosts.
This was a great book. It was hard to put down once I got started. The characters are intriguing and the story Vida Winter's shares is horrific and sad, and surprising in the end.
"Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes–characters even–caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you"
These characters will be with me for awhile.