The Nobodies Album

The Nobodies Album

A Novel

Book - 2010
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From the bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel comes a dazzling literary mystery about the lengths to which some people will go to rewrite their past. Bestselling novelist Octavia Frost has just completed her latest book-a revolutionary novel in which she has rewritten the last chapters of all her previous books, removing clues about her personal life concealed within, especially a horrific tragedy that befell her family years ago. On her way to deliver the manuscript to her editor, Octavia reads a news crawl in Times Square and learns that her rock-star son, Milo, has been arrested for murder. Though she and Milo haven't spoken in years-an estrangement stemming from that tragic day-she drops everything to go to him. The "last chapter" of Octavia's novel are layered throughout The Nobodies Album-the scattered puzzle pieces to her and Milo's dark and troubled past. Did she drive her son to murder? Did Milo murder anyone at all? And what exactly happened all those years ago? As the novel builds to a stunning reveal, Octavia must consider how this story will come to a close. Universally praised for her candid explorations of the human psyche, Parkhurst delivers an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibility that one can never truly know another person. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
ISBN: 9780385527699
0385527691
Characteristics: 313 p. ;,25 cm.

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dgrace
May 05, 2011

Very good - the backstory especially. Portrays the sadness of losing a child without being manipulative. Also like the rockstar angle.

debwalker Dec 14, 2010

"On the surface it's a murder mystery. It's also about the relationship between novelist Octavia Frost and her estranged son, rock star Milo. And it's about how stories come to be, and how they're written and re-written. Octavia is working on her eighth novel, a series of revisions of her previous books, when she learns Milo is suspected of murdering his fiancée. The details of their pasts and the "alternate endings" are revealed as Olivia attempts to help Milo, revising their own family history along the way."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Robin Lenz

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