Tales which manage to thrill and entertain
Someday, Someday, Maybe
Franny Banks is nowhere close to living the dreams that brought her to New York: in the mid-nineties, Franny can instead be found in an ad for unpretty festive sweaters and waiting tables. Franny wanted to make it big in Broadway but all the fans she has after nearly two-and-a-half-years at it, are her two friends: Jane and Dan. Because of such minute progress, as would perhaps be common nature in deep waters, Franny finds consolation in simpler thoughts of just moving back in with her ex and leave all of these dreams behind, especially since she’s almost out of money, her agent seems estranged and Franny’s father is at her tails asking her to leave her acting classes and come back home. But Banks cannot bring herself to live out any portion of it because her dreams are valuable to her. Fighting random attention deficits caused by the acting class flirt: James Franklin, who suddenly notices her and holding out on hopes of impressing people who could recruit her, or even just a speaking role, the book is good lighthearted reading on the hopeful journey Banks undertakes to become another Meryl Streep someday.
The Forgotten Room
It is the year 1945 and Dr. Kate Schuyler, practising privately at a Manhattan hospital, discovers a mysterious picture: one of the patients in the hospital, Captain Cooper Ravenel has a tiny portrait where a woman is wearing a ruby pendant passed down to Kate by her mother. Kate and Captain Cooper begin to investigate on the story and in the process of that fall into Olive Van Alan’s life stories during the late 19th century in the the United States of America. Olive, has had an interesting life: bouncing from richness to abject poverty; the duo also encounter Lucy Young, who travelled from Brooklyn to Manhattan during the twenties in search of a father she did not know. I liked the theme of this book and the years of rich history explored through numerous characters’ lives – it’s not so very often that you come across a tale which begins in a timeframe characterized by war but still overwhelmingly portrays people’s lives affected by something other than the war.
The Perfume Collector
Grace Monroe and Madame Eva d’Orsey are two women whose lives intertwine in the most unexpected of ways. Grace is a London socialite in the fifties, married into a world she does not belong in and everyone seems to think so. Madame Eva, on the other hand, is a much older lady who leaves her entire estate to Grace, at the time of her death, even though Grace does not know who she is. But because of that entirely unexpected inheritance, Grace goes to Paris to learn more about Eva, whose life trails from New York to Paris in the twenties; she had also won the heart of a very famous Paris perfumer. Eva’s life is mesmerizing – it was imprinted onto perfumes, three of them, but what is extraordinary in the novel is the mystery inheritance left to a woman, fallen to hard times and her journey to discover more about her generous benefactor, who from the looks of it has had no ordinary life.