The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs

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Read The Secret of the Nightingale Palace Online Free - Struggling to move on after her husband's death, thirty-five-year-old Anna receives an unexpected phone call from her estranged grandmother, Goldie, summoning her to New York. A demanding woman with a sharp tongue and a devotion to fashion and etiquette, Goldie has not softened in the five years since she and her granddaughter last spoke. Now she wants Anna to drive her to San Francisco to return a collection of exquisite Japanese art to a long-lost friend.

Hours of sitting behind the wheel of Goldie's Rolls-Royce soften Anna's attitude toward her grandmother, and as the miles pass, old hurts begin to heal. Yet no matter how close they become, Goldie harbors painful secrets about her youthful days in 1940s San Francisco that she cannot share. But if she truly wants to help her granddaughter find happiness again, she must eventually confront the truths of her life.

Moving back and forth across time and told in the voices of both Anna and Goldie, The Secret of the Nightingale Palace is a searing portrait of family, betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness—and a testament to the enduring power of love.

Title : The Secret of the Nightingale Palace
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ISBN : 0062201034
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

December 16, 2012

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace takes readers on a cross-country road trip adventure from New York to San Francisco with 35-year-old Anna and her grandmother, the eccentric and fashionable Goldie Rosenthal. An artist who recently lost her husband to leukemia, Anna is surprised when she recei...

Kim rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2013

I love following the career of my favorite authors. I read Dana's first book, "House on Dream Street," about her time in Vietnam in the early 1990s, not long after I myself returned from living there. It was the first memoir I'd read about post-war Vietnam that felt genuine to me ... that showed...

Amazon rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2013

Yesterday was the sort of Sunday that Seattle loves to inflict on its inhabitants, so dark that my lamps were on all day and the rain trickled on and off in an annoying drip. I picked up a book that I had been meaning to read for a week, fell into it, and stayed there until bedtime--The Secret of...

Jennifer rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 10, 2013

{spoilers included in review} This book frustrated me. Or rather, its characters frustrated me. The story and plot were quite good, and kept me interested despite the nasty grandmother and her emotionally stuck grandaughter. Sometimes personal character details were introduced, but didn't really...

Nada rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 11, 2013

Review first published on my blog: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace is the story of Goldie and her granddaughter Anna. Goldie and Anna were close during Anna's childhood, and yet, they have been estranged for five years since Anna entered into a marriag...

Sara rated it ★★★☆☆

April 13, 2013

I’ll read anything Japan-related, and this book promised a Jewish grandmother as well as a road trip, so I figured I’d like it. And I did. It was a little odd in parts and it took me awhile to engage fully. I think in some ways the author tried to stuff too much into one book. You’ve got a grandm...

Kelly rated it ★★★★★

March 09, 2013

Based on the summary, you may think "Why do I want to read this? It sounds like twenty other stories, AT LEAST, and if they make it into a movie, they'll cast either Shirley MacLaine or Jane Fonda as Goldie." And that's a valid concern. But this is an amazing book, one that completely transcends t...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

March 27, 2016

This novel doesn't fit neatly into any categories, but I think if you enjoy historical fiction as well as stories about families and relationships between women, it's for you. The major characters are prickly, but they grow on me, especially as I learned more and more of their backstories. I foun...

Allison rated it ★★★★☆

September 19, 2017

What a nice story. At first, I wasn't that interested in the flash backs, but soon, they came to reveal details I wanted. One thing I liked about the book was how the author shared the story indirectly - it's a refreshing way to experience a book. The other thing I enjoyed was unraveling the trut...

Maria rated it ★★★☆☆

April 20, 2017

Loved the premise, loved Goldie. The storytelling started off promising, but lost some of its luster in the last third or so of the book. Would be a good read on a long trip I would think. The 1940s portion of the story was probably my favorite part.

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