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The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
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Sep 06, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: culinary-narratives, smell
Read in August, 2012

A legendary Parisian house of perfume is falling behind the times, and the heirs struggle with each other and with tradition, whether to save the brand or let it falter. Rob seeks his family's ancient Egyptian formula for a mysterious perfume to revive the family's fortune and name. It's his sister Jac though who unknowingly carries the perfume's secret.

The life of scent fills your mind as you read the narrative: how it powers memory, suggests a dream and explains the present.

Fantastical, whirling threads twisting about each other, related but not parallel, in different times and places. There's no accident though - all things have a purpose, sychronicity, incoincidence. The narrative all fits together quite nicely, some unexpectedly, but in the end, all meld and muddle and sing together thanks to MJ Roses's meticulous research and vivid imagination. There's a glossary and notes to go along with the marvelously written mystery of a forgotten fragrance, and barely remembered past lives.

Thanks Atria Books for the advance readers copy!

--Ashland Mystery
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