Memory and Desire by Lisa Appignanesi

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A multi-layered love story begins in Paris in 1934 and has repercussions that lead Alexei Gismondi to New York in 1980 on a search for the woman who holds the key to the mystery that obsesses him. A first novel. 50,000 first printing. Major ad/promo.

About Lisa Appignanesi

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Lisa Appignanesi, is the author of "Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors" and "All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion". A prize-winning novelist and writer, she is the president of English PEN. She lives in London.
Published December 12, 2012 by Lisa Appignanesi. 640 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Meanwhile, the switched baby boy, Jacob's real son Alexie Gismond, eventually becomes a famed Italian film director, then is told by Sylvie that he is her son--but she kills herself before explaining all to him.

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The focal point of the story is talented, perplexing and erotic Sylvie Kowalska Jardine, whose haunting secrets impair and ultimately damage her personal and familial relationships, particularly that with daughter Katherine, who leaves home at 13 to escape her mother's violent behavior.

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