"RARE OBJECTS is a delicious novel by the imaginative and deft Kathleen Tessaro, who creates unforgettable worlds, and within them, compelling characters who stay with the reader long after she reaches the end. Maeve Fanning is resourceful, loaded with ambition and pluck, but also burdened with an insatiable appetite for more, whether it's romance, booze or the beautiful things a life of luxury provides. This novel turns like the delicate ballerina on a music box, rich in detail, you can't take your eyes off of her, and like Maeve, you shouldn't, as there is much to savor in the dance."
—Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens
“…Tessaro’s complicated heroines—and the shattering reveal of secret after secret—will keep readers guessing until the final page.”
“Set in Depression-era Boston, Kathleen Tessaro’s lovely novel about prized possessions, slick façades, broken lives, and a young woman with a past is a treasure!”
—Stephanie Lehmann, author of Astor Place Vintage
"A beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing novel, full of rich historical detail and intriguing characters. A delight from start to end."
—Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home
IN THE PRESS
"Ultra-smart and classily edgy ..."
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“This evocative novel –THE PERFUME COLLECTOR –spins you back a few decades to the 20s and 50s where a young bride suppresses her intellect to be the trophy wife her husband desires. She is devastated when he is unfaithful but could it be the making of her?”
"Tessaro gets her story-weaving wand out with a gloriously rich story of past and present love"
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University. In the middle of her sophomore year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty-three years. She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer’s Workshop.
Her debut novel, Elegance, became a bestseller in hardback and paperback. All of Kathleen's novels (Innocence, The Flirt, The Debutante, The Perfume Collector, and most recently, Rare Objects) have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world. She returned to Pittsburgh in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and son.
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