Thanks to Kaitlyn Kennedy of HarperCollins Publishers, I am giving away one copy of The Secret Of the Nightingale Palace.
Anna, a 35-year-old woman struggling to cope with the recent loss of her husband and desperately trying to get out of an emotional rut, receives an odd call one day from her estranged and feisty 85-year-old grandmother, Goldie Rosenthal. When Goldie invites Anna to accompany her on a trip across the country to return a collection of Japanese artwork to its original owner, a mysterious friend in San Francisco, Anna decides to put their differences aside and join the adventure. Goldie, however, is not upfront with Anna about the reason for the trip or the background of the artwork, and keeps these secrets to herself.
Through flashbacks to Goldie’s young adulthood as a Jewish American in San Francisco during the 1940s, readers are introduced to the Nakamura family. Goldie and Mayumi Nakamura work together at Feld's, a luxury department store, and quickly become close friends. It’s not long before Goldie meets Mayumi’s sophisticated and outspoken brother, Henry, that the siblings introduce Goldie to a world of art, fashion, and culture that she had never imagined existed. Those joys evaporate, however, when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The attack puts the Nakamuras on the other side of an unbridgeable chasm of racism and paranoia that leads to their expulsion from San Francisco and subsequent internment in remote camps far from the coast. Just as her granddaughter Anna will have to find a way to leave heartbreak behind sixty years later, Goldie must learn to move on.
Alternating between Goldie’s younger days and Anna’s perspective in the present-day, Sachs creates a beautifully crafted story of a troubled relationship between grandmother and granddaughter which ultimately reveals the enduring power of love, forgiveness, and family.
About Dana Sachs:
A Memphis native and former resident of San Francisco, Dana Sachs is the author of the novel If You Lived Here as well as The House On Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam andThe Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam. With Nguyen Nguyet Cam and Bui Hoai Mai, she compiled the collection Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam. Her articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, The International Herald Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.
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