Rare Objects

Rare Objects

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Maeve Fanning, Irish but raised among the Italian families of Boston's North End, is determined to better herself despite the hardships of the Great Depression. A fondness for strange men and bootleg gin results in Maeve becoming an unwilling patient in a psychiatric hospital. There she strikes up a friendship with another woman unable or unwilling to control her un-lady-like desire for freedom. Once out, armed with a bottle of bleach and a few white lies, Maeve lands a job at an eccentric antiques shop catering to Boston's wealthiest collectors. Delivering a purchase to the Van der Laar family, she discovers that socialite Diana Van der Laar is the young woman from the hospital. The connection pulls her into a world of moral ambiguity and deceit, and ultimately betrayal.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780062357540
Branch Call Number: TESSA
Characteristics: xiii, 378 pages ; 24 cm

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JessicaGma Mar 27, 2018

An interesting historical novel about Maeve who finds work at an antique shop and runs into someone she met while in the asylum some years before. Her run ins with Diana are both good and bad for both characters. It's quite better than the blurbs here and on the cover, so it's worth giving it a try.

AuntJane Aug 14, 2017

I listened to this book and found it very enjoyable. There were a lot of side stories that weren't developed or investigated, but overall an interesting time period and good characters. Being from Boston and visualizing the places the author was describing was part of the fun for me, though I did think it was strange for Irish ladies to drink coffee at home and not tea....but whatever! I would def recommend for a nice historical novel.

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bpringle417
Aug 02, 2016

Another lovely Tessaro novel. 10/10, would recommend.

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Aug 02, 2016

bpringle417 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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