Ayelet Waldman & Andrew Sean Greer - Love and Treasure & The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
In 1945, on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart, New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding the treasure. This responsibility grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman—a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt her.
A story of brilliantly drawn characters, Love and Treasure ($26.95), is Ayelet Waldman’s finest novel to date: a sad, funny, richly detailed work that poses hard questions about the value of precious things in a time when life itself has no value, and about the chains that can bind us to the griefs and passions of the past.
After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village, to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.
In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells ($14.99), each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?
Andrew Sean Greer studied writing at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation. He later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana. He soon moved to Seattle, where he wrote for Nintendo and taught community college, then to San Francisco, where he began to publish in magazines such as Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker before releasing a collection of his stories, How It Was for Me. His novels include The Path of Minor Planets, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, and The Story of a Marriage. He lives in San Francisco with his husband in a house adjoining that of his twin brother.
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