Serendipity by Louise Shaffer
A Novel

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Louise Shaffer brings to life three generations of Italian American women in this stunning novel of surprises, secrets, and serendipity.

A child of theatrical royalty, Carrie Manning is having a hard time getting her own act together. Thirty-seven, aimless, and having just buried a famous mother she never understood, she is desperate to uncover her family’s mysterious past in the hopes that it will help her understand herself.

Carrie’s search reveals the fascinating life stories of her estranged grandmother Lu, a glamorous Broadway star whose dreams came with a price; her great grandmother Mifalda, who gave up everything to come to America as a sixteen-year-old Italian bride; and her father, Bobby, the charismatic Broadway genius who wrote some of Lu’s greatest musicals and died tragically young. At the heart of Carrie’s discoveries lies the reason for her mother’s complicated life, and a dark secret that has been buried for thirty years.

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About Louise Shaffer

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Louise Shaffer is the author of Family Acts, The Ladies of Garrison Gardens, and The Three Miss Margarets. A graduate of Yale Drama School, she has written for television, and has appeared on Broadway, in TV movies, and in daytime dramas, earning an Emmy for her work on Ryan’s Hope. Shaffer and her husband live in the Lower Hudson Valley.www.louiseshaffer.comFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Published March 14, 2009 by Ballantine Books. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Carrie was a young teen she discovers a magazine layout featuring her mother acting like a classier married version Paris Hilton, which is the opposite of the mother she knows.

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