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An elegant debut novel about a once grand Philadelphia mansion called Calpurnia; its owner, a painter and pa-
trician matriarch who has recently died under mysterious circumstances; and the woman over-seeing the disposal of the estate, who unravels the secrets and intrigues hidden away in the hundred-year-old house.

Elizabeth Oliver arrives at Calpurnia to manage the sale bu
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 12th 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Aug 18, 2013 Caleigh rated it it was ok
Such a disappointment. The original premise was great - a woman looking after an estate sale has the chance to unlock the family's secrets. But it just doesn't really go anywhere. The few 'mysteries' described are solved in such an offhand manner that there is never any climax to the story. Again, a good editor could have saved this novel.
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