THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES
Rose’s lush tale of mystery, reincarnation and international intrigue may not be pulse-pounding, but it is sweeping, heartbreaking and full of sumptuous detail focused on the making of perfume and the impact of scent. The storyline is complex and interwoven, touching on several places and time periods.
Although Jac E’toile’s family created perfumes for generations, she left the family business to her brother and moved to America. When her brother disappears and a dead man is found in the perfume workshop, Jac heads to Paris, where she is caught up in the search for a lost fragrance formula that is rumored to trigger remembrances of past lives. As Jac and her former lover try to find her brother, they find the mystery reaches back to ancient Egypt and the terror of the French Revolution — as well as the current struggle between China and Tibet. (ATRIA, Mar., 348 pp., $24.00)