Iris and Ruby: A Novel by Rosie Thomas, published April 5, 2016 by The Overlook Press
Genre: romance, part historical fiction
First chapter, first paragraph:
And even as I say the words aloud in the silent room and hear the whisper dying away in the shadows of the house, I realize that it's not true.
Because I don't, I can't remember.
I am old and am beginning to forget things.
Sometimes I'm aware that great tracts of memory have gone, slipping and melting away out of my reach. When I try to recall a particular day, or an entire year, even a damned decade, if I'm lucky there are the bare facts unadorned with color. More often than otherwise there's nothing at all. A blank.
Iris Black's Cairo house is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of willful granddaughter Ruby from England. Ruby helps Iris document deteriorating memories of glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo and her WWII one true love, enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux, who was lost to war. Iris’ early devastation shaped her daughter, granddaughter, and leads them into terrible danger in the Egyptian desert.
Teaser from Chapter 5:
"Ruby, do you remember we talked about you helping me to collect some of my old memories?"
Do the book description and first paragraph of the first chapter above appeal to you? Would you read on?
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