Synopsis

A young, enigmatic woman – Lily Azerov – arrives in post-war Montreal expecting to meet her betrothed, Sol Kramer. When Sol sees Lily at the train station, however, he turns her down. His brother, Nathan, sees Lily and instantly decides to marry her instead.

But Lily is not the person she claims to be, and her attempt to live a quiet existence as Nathan Kramer’s wife shatters when she disappears, leaving her baby daughter with only a diary, an uncut diamond, and a need to discover the truth.

Who is Lily, and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It is up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

Review

This is a book I chose to read and study for school, and I regretted my choice right after the first chapter. I really didn’t like this book and had no desire to continue after the first couple lines, alas, I had to for my project.

I felt like Richler was trying wayyy to hard to write in amazing detail and give us a clear image of the story. The problem was that there really wasn’t much of a story there. I endured the whole book to get to the climax, and guess what, there really isn’t a climax. This book fell completely flat. When I finished the book my reaction was, “That was a story?”. The writing style was full of dragged out descriptions or surroundings, smells and emotions. The story itself really didn’t go anywhere.

The story switched points of view between “Lily Azerov” in the past, and her daughter in the present. From Lily’s point of view we don’t get much information other than she is trying to fit into her new family and she can’t so she runs away after giving birth. From her daughters point of view we follow the story of her growing up – which is nothing special – and eventually finding her mom. The meeting between the mother and daughter went something like this (quoted from me): “You’re my mom and you left me when I was a baby? I’m not even going to ask way. It was nice meeting you!” 
THAT WAS THE CLIMAX.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone truly. I can tell the author really tried to make a heart wrenching book but I found it to be a waste of time and money.

Rating: 1/5 Stars

 

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