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Publisher Description

Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime—and nestled inside it is the sad story of her death. It captures the attention of her mother’s former literary agent, who is convinced that Katherine wrote one final manuscript before her strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. So Iris goes back to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother’s biography and search for the missing manuscript—and there she unravels a haunting mystery, one that holds more secrets than she ever expected. . . .

Fiction & Literature
January 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Mac-Chick ,

Great Read - Recommend it

I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy and fun read. There are some dark and quirky characters, secrets and misery for Iris as she tries to find answers to the mysterious death of her mother. Prior to her death, her mother had written a trilogy of fantasy books based on old folklore but only 2 had been published. Iris is convinced that there is a 3rd novel somewhere and returns to the hotel in which she and her mother lived so she can write a memoir honoring her mother and look for the hopefully, missing 3rd novel.

I liked the way that the author has woven in the folklore of her mother’s fairy tales and books into the theme and Iris’s journey. I enjoyed the writing. What I don’t like about many books of mystery and a long lost forgotten story is that they “try” to weave in modern day love stories into the fold. This book did the same thing and did not do it very well in my opinion. This is what makes it a 4 start book instead of a 5 star book. I wish authors would learn to write good, naturally unfolding love stories or just leave them out, instead of tossing one in because the recipe for this genre calls for it.

Overall, a really good read and I recommend the book highly.

I haven’t read her other book so I can’t compare the two, which really should not be done in a book review for a singular book anyways.

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