Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
Anya Karinsky's beautiful life seemed like one long and perfect dream that would spin on forever. But her wonderful world of dances, travel, medical school, and her beloved family ended one day late in the summer of 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland. The bombs that leveled her Warsaw home that day marked the beginning of her soul-stirring odyssey of endurance and escape, through years of horror and Holocaust. Strong when others grew weak, selfless in pursuit of freedom, Anya, once the beautiful, pampered daughter of privilege, turned herself into a survivor whom nothing and no one could destro
In this evocative, often chilling portrait of a woman obsessed by love, seduced by a lover, and driven by betrayal to an act of murder, Schaeffer takes the reader back to turn-of-the-century Vermont and into the mind of Agnes Dempster. Through Agnes' dreams, thoughts and actions, Schaeffer weaves an intricate and vibrant tale that explores the awesome complexity of the human condition...and achieves a passionate evocation of a woman's psyche and the healing and destroying powers of love.
Grace the Cat is not at all like me, as she is forever bent on mischief. But because I am an older and wiser cat, she looks to me for counsel, and so I have allowed Grace to prevail upon me to set down the story of my life as a housecat in the human world. . . .As the irrepressible Foudini M. Cat regales us with his adventures, an exciting story unfolds. After his valiant but frail mother leaves him in search for food and never returns, the starving kitten is taken, hissing and spitting, to a frightening room with cages and men in white coats. Facing the specter of eternal sleep, the homeless
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer's haunting and unforgettable new novel evokes a stunning psychological landscape. The lives of the twin sisters who inhabit it - one celebrated, the other unknown - have been shaped by mutual disdain, need, resentment, love, and enmity. The novel opens more than two decades after the disappearance - at age twenty-six, at the pinnacle of success and fame as a painter - of Florence Meek. Her lasting importance as an artist seems assured. But her personal life, like her fate, remains a mystery. It appears that the woman the world thought it knew carved her identity from h