The stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector.
‘Beautifully written… wonderfully absorbing with a clever twist in the tale’ Isabel Wolff, author of Ghostwritten
Mae Fanning seizes on a job at a tiny, exclusive Boston antiques shop as the fresh start she desperately needs. It opens a window to new world, one peopled with rare and rich characters. But the day that enigmatic socialite Diana van der Laar walks in, Mae’s hidden past returns.
As a moth to a flame, Mae is unable to resist Diana’s heady, seductive glamour and glittering life. Yet, like the rare objects in the shop, very little is what it appears – Diana included.
Moving from Jazz-Age New York to Boston in the grip of the Great Depression, Rare Objects is a rich and gripping story of what it means to reach for a braver, bolder life.
Maeve is the daughter of an Irish woman, having left Ireland after being widowed and moving to Boston for a better life for herself and her daughter.
Life isn’t easy and Maeve finds herself in and out of jobs and when she thinks things can’t get any worse, they do. She gets caught stealing and rather than bring shame on her mother she tries to end her life, but even that fails and she ends up in an institution for a while.
When she recovers she goes home to her mother and she decides to take drastic action and dyes her gorgeous auburn hair blonde to better her chances of a job in a high class antique shop.
Can this be the new beginning for Maeve?............
This was a deep, serious and sometimes harrowing tale of survival for a girl who had to do what she had to do to survive.