Sophie Cunningham’s spellbinding novel is an exquisite depiction of the equivocal bond between mother and daughter, and the search for identity through Buddhism.
To her lovers and friends, Anna Davidoff was a mystery: beautiful, charismatic, irresponsible yet disarming; famous, in a way, but ultimately unknowable. To her daughter, she is no less an enigma even now, thirty years after her death.
Of course Ana-Sofia knows the stories of Anna’s unlikely transformations. How the young post-war refugee from a devastated Soviet Union became a Hollywood starlet, a muse to jazz greats, a friend of the Beats and a heroin addict. How later, ordained as a Buddhist nun, she died alone in a Himalayan cave at the age of forty-three.
But now Ana-Sofia is the same age Anna was when she died. Successful, content, single in New York City and hopeful of new love. And Anna has begun to haunt her.
‘Cunningham never puts a foot wrong in relating a fabulous story, as unpredictable as it is convincing, as thoughtful as it is absorbing.’ Age