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The Perfume Collector: A Novel
by Kathleen Tessaro

Published: 2013-05-14
Hardcover : 464 pages
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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, ...

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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.

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Yes, questions about the man that kept her all those years would be good.
by bookchicks (see profile) 08/28/15

Yes- I know the islands, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard well so it was especially insightful to read about the non-tourist season.
by jfalcone (see profile) 04/30/15

Discuss memories of scents or favorite perfumes.
by cbrouillard (see profile) 01/27/15

Who was your favorite character and why
by cherrie (see profile) 09/12/14

Do you have a special perfume which evokes a special time,place or person, if so describe what it is
What are your opinions of the huge profits perfume companies make, compared to the cost of production
What sense do think to be the most important, does missing any one effect the others?
by bookview (see profile) 09/21/13

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by [email protected] (see profile) 05/26/19

I love the strong characters of the women. Going back and forth from the 1020’s to the current time made the book interesting to me. I’ll bring this book up to our book club for a future selection.... (read more)

 
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