The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
A Novel

83%

6 Critic Reviews

Eva’s story, told from her perspective, is interspersed with her story as told by Madame Zed to Grace Munroe, who has followed a clue to the old perfume shop. A colorful, stimulating journey through time.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility.

Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor.

Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is.

The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.

 

About Kathleen Tessaro

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Kathleen Tessaro is the author of Elegance, Innocence, The Flirt, and The Debutante. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Harper. 469 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Feb 18 2013

Eva’s story, told from her perspective, is interspersed with her story as told by Madame Zed to Grace Munroe, who has followed a clue to the old perfume shop. A colorful, stimulating journey through time.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 18 2013

Nuanced observations soften the blow of the contrived banter, familiar form, and one particularly overindulgent shopping-day passage.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Janette M. Denil on May 10 2013

This novel is artfully written, with chapters that eloquently show the reader the perspectives of two women living in different times and places, slowly revealing the timeless power of perseverance.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent

Tessaro’s latest could be her very best yet. Beautiful imagery and prose are the strong points of this seductive story that paints the most bewitching picture imaginable of perfume creation and the muses who inspire it.

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Historical Novel Society

Good

Kathleen Tessaro has created a truly enticing and story with The Perfume Collector. Her writing style is delicately balanced between well-written dialogue and artful description that does not leave the reader wanting for action.

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Peachy Deegan

Excellent
on May 10 2013

...an unforgettable cast of characters, enthralling plot twists and turns, and a strong sense of place as it offers a thoughtful meditation on self-realization, second chances, and the transcendent power of fragrance.

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