The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs
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Readers can see where Goldie and Anna’s stories intersect...it doesn’t make it any easier to slog through a story that feels like it’s going nowhere. Neither main character ends up with many redeeming qualities.
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The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs is the poignant story of an estranged grandmother and granddaughter and a secret that ties them together.

After her husband dies from leukemia, Anna agrees to help hard-to-please Goldie to bring a collection of valuable Japanese art from New York to California. Harboring a decades-old secret that could change Anna’s life forever, Goldie must learn to let go of her past so her granddaughter can move on and discover happiness and love.

With a narrative that alternates between early 1940s San Francisco and the present day, The Secret of the Nightingale Palace is a beautiful story about the enduring power of love and family.

 

About Dana Sachs

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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Dana Sachs is the author of the novel If You Lived Here and two books of nonfiction, The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam and The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam. She has published articles, reviews, and essays in many publications, including National Geographic and The Boston Globe, and her translations of Vietnamese fiction into English have been published widely. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.
 
Published February 19, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 368 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Jun 01 2013

Readers can see where Goldie and Anna’s stories intersect...it doesn’t make it any easier to slog through a story that feels like it’s going nowhere. Neither main character ends up with many redeeming qualities.

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