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A captivating new work of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector, in which two unlikely friends meet in desperate circumstances, bound by a shared secret…

Boston, 1932—Maeve Fanning is a first-generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor families of Boston’s North End. Clever, capable and as headstrong as her red hair suggests, she’s determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression. However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin—a rebellious appetite for experience that finds her spiralling downward. Soon Maeve becomes an unwilling patient in a remote psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman.

Once out, armed with a bottle of bleach and a few white lies, Maeve finally lands a job at an eccentric antiques shop catering to Boston’s wealthiest and most peculiar collectors. The shop is a haven of the obscure and incredible, providing unique access into the world of America’s social elite. While delivering a purchase to the wealthy Van der Laar family, Maeve is introduced to beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar—only to discover she’s the same young woman from the hospital.

Reunited with the charming but increasingly unstable Diana and pursued by her attractive brother James, Maeve becomes more and more entwined with the Van der Laar family—a connection that pulls her deep into a world of moral ambiguity, deceit and, ultimately, betrayal. Bewitched by their wealth and desperate to leave her past behind, Maeve is forced to unearth her true values and discover just how far she’s willing to go to reinvent herself.

A rich, universal story of ambition, transformation, desire and betrayal, Rare Objects is acclaimed writer Kathleen Tessaro’s finest work to date.

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Critical Praise

Rare Objects is a delicious novel by the imaginative and deft Kathleen Tessaro, who creates unforgettable worlds, and within them, compelling characters who stay with the reader long after she reaches the end. —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens

A beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing novel, full of rich historical detail and intriguing characters. A delight from start to end. —Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home and A Memory of Violets

Set in Depression-era Boston, Kathleen Tessaro’s lovely novel about prized possessions, slick façades, broken lives, and a young woman with a past is a treasure! —Stephanie Lehmann, author of Astor Place Vintage

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443443128
  • ISBN 10: 1443443123
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 04/11/2017
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 16.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

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