A NovelBook - 2005
Years after the end of her marriage and the death of her mysterious father, Camilla Archer’s tightly reined existence is upended by her dreams.A man more real than her waking life begins appearing to her, a theatrical figure in a mask and tuxedo, offering up unexpected visions and reinventions of key moments in her past. In her waking life, Camilla, a New Yorker, runs a successful business selling theater memorabilia.Her knowledge of theater gives her a clue: this vexing nocturnal figure is connected to a legendary Russian director killed during Stalin’s purges.The masked man was the director’s double, in fact--and now he’s the sly impresario of Camilla’s dreams. So begins Camilla’s piecing-together of the puzzle of her past, along with that of her father, a perfumist, and Eve, the recently deceased cousin with whom Camilla grew up.Traveling in memory and dream back to Moscow and Paris between the wars, Camilla has the chance to unknot her life--if she’s willing to ask why a double has infiltrated her dreams, and what he wants her to discover.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION COO
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 33 swoons