The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (2013) by Dana Sachs is my kind of book. First of all there is a road trip. Who can resist a cross-country adventure? But wait, there’s more! Did I mention inter-generational family bonding? What fun!
Anna Rosenthal is a thirty-five-year-old artist and widow who is struggling with the loss two years earlier of her husband. When she receives an unexpected call from her demanding, estranged grandmother Goldie, she learns that her elderly relative wants her to drive them across the country to San Francisco in the older woman’s Rolls Royce. Tough decision, right?
Goldie’s personality is sharp, and the two trade barbs along with pieces of themselves as they pursue Goldie’s mission to return precious artwork kept for old friends during their internment. But as all literal journeys tend to do, it unfolds as a trip into the nature of their relationship, their personalities, and Goldie’s secret past in San Francisco. Anna learns as much about her grandmother as she does about herself.
This well-written tale moves back and forth across decades and is narrated by both Anna and Goldie. I look forward to enjoying this intriguing book.