THE PERFUME COLLECTOR
Tessaro’s latest could be her very best yet. Beautiful imagery and prose are the strong points of this seductive story that paints the most bewitching picture imaginable of perfume creation and the muses who inspire it. The themes are brilliant without being too complex, and likely to leave readers feeling awestruck by the end of this classy and unforgettable novel.
In 1955 London, socialite Grace Monroe has never quite felt as if she belonged alongside her elite peers. When she receives a mysterious letter informing her of an inheritance from a woman she’s never heard of, Grace flies to Paris to learn more about her benefactor. She begins to unravel a decadent history about perfume, and about the woman who inspired the original scents. (HARPER, May, 496 pp., $24.99)