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The Lost Book of Mala R.by Rose Macdowell
Synopses & Reviews
Three very different women, each trying to reconcile her dreams with reality, are drawn together by a hypnotic voice from the past.
In a once-grand Southern California neighborhood, Linda, a New York City transplant, is panicking over the disappearance of her precocious ten-year-old stepdaughter. Christine, who has struggled to get pregnant for years, finds herself expecting a baby—just as her husband is accused of murder. And Audrey, who’s always played it safe because of her family’s history of bad luck, takes a romantic risk and suddenly finds herself facing a disaster of her own.
When an old journal surfaces at a neighbor’s tag sale, the women are inexorably drawn into the life of Mala Rinehart, an itinerant Romany woman who wrote down spells and predictions in a cryptic, slanting hand. As the three women feel the pull from across sixty intervening years, they vow to discover what became of Mala. For through the worn pages, their happiness has intertwined with hers, their futures spelled out in her chants and recipes. And as they unravel the mystery of Mala’s origins, their lives transform in ways they never could have expected.
"A gypsy family, camped in 1940s Pecos County, Tex., decides to banish young Mala Rinehart, on trial before her clan because her predictions and presence appear the cause of life's woes. Meanwhile, in upscale, present-day Southern California, a woman finds Mala's notebook at a garage sale. It contains no information about the author, only pages of adages and spells for altering the direction of one's life. As the book and its spells are passed between three friends, a series of strange, unpleasant events casts a pall over their neighborhood. The friends attempt to uncover the origins of the mysterious notebook, their lives and woes now linked with that of the wartime gypsy girl. MacDowell cleverly alternates between Mala's adventure and the three friends' ordeals, but readers will have to wait patiently to find the deepest connections. Enlightening and entertaining, MacDowell's novel shows how choices and ambitions can, and sometimes should, change. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Rose MacDowell is the author of The Lost Book of Mala R. and co-author of the novel Turning Tables. She lives in Boston and New Hampshire's White Mountains. Check out The Lost Book of Mala R.'s website here: http://www.lostbookofmalar.com.
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