Rare Objects

Rare Objects

Kathleen Tessaro / Sep 17, 2019

Rare Objects Maeve Fanning is a first generation Irish immigrant born and raised among the poor industrious Italian families of Boston s North End by her widowed mother Clever capable and as headstrong as her

  • Title: Rare Objects
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
  • ISBN: 9780062357540
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Maeve Fanning is a first generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston s North End by her widowed mother Clever, capable, and as headstrong as her red hair suggests, she s determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression.However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange menMaeve Fanning is a first generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston s North End by her widowed mother Clever, capable, and as headstrong as her red hair suggests, she s determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression.However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin a rebellious appetite that soon finds her spiraling downward, leading a double life When the strain proves too much, Maeve becomes an unwilling patient in a psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman, who, like Maeve, is unable or unwilling to control her un lady like desire for freedom.Once out, Maeve faces starting over again Armed with a bottle of bleach and a few white lies, she lands a job at an eccentric antiques shop catering to Boston s wealthiest and most peculiar collectors Run by an elusive English archeologist, the shop is a haven of the obscure and incredible, providing rare artifacts as well as unique access to the world of America s social elite While delivering a purchase to the wealthy Van der Laar family, Maeve is introduced to beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar only to discover she s the young woman from the hospital.Reunited with the charming but increasingly unstable Diana and pursued by her attractive brother James, Mae becomes and entwined with the Van der Laar family a connection that pulls her into a world of moral ambiguity and deceit, and ultimately betrayal Bewitched by their wealth and desperate to leave her past behind, Maeve is forced to unearth her true values and discover how far she ll to go to reinvent herself.

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    About "Kathleen Tessaro"

      • Kathleen Tessaro

        Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University In the middle of her sopho year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty three years She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer s Workshop Her debut novel, Elegance, became a bestseller in hardback and paperback All of Kathleen s novels Elegance, Innocence, The Flirt, The Debutante, The Perfume Collector, and Rare Objects have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world She returned to Pittsburgh in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and son.


    1. A really enjoyable historical fiction novel set in the bustling diverse community of Boston in the 1930's. What I liked primarily about this novel is the author chose to feature her protagonist as someone who is, in a sense, completely ahead of her time. Straggling the line between social and cultural norms whilst trying to maintain some independence, I enjoyed May's reluctance to conform to what is expected of her. She is a flawed character trying to starve off the skeletons in her closet, but [...]

    2. Rare Objects is a historical fiction novel set in post depression Boston. The reader is introduced to two main characters: Maeve (May), a young Irish woman living at home who is frustrated and desperate with her station in life and Diana Van dear Laar, a deeply flawed, smart, rich young lady. Their lives become intertwined, resulting in a beautifully written, insightful, thought provoking novel. Some favourite quotes to ponder:"Sometimes, my dear, being broken is the most interesting thing that [...]

    3. I absolutely adored this book. It's set in the 1930s (a great time for historical fiction, I think) and it's insanely well-written. I had such a sense of unease while reading it. I didn't know what would go wrong, but I was sure that something horrible would happen to Mae or to Diana or to both. I loved the two of them so much that I was so afraid that things would go wrong for them. And in the 1930s, there are so many ways that things could go wrong for women (especially single women). I don't [...]

    4. Another Battle of the Books Tournament book (this one written by a Pittsburgh author, though the story takes place in Boston and, briefly, NYC) that I was unfamiliar with originally. The author's name is familiar to me, though I don't know if she is actually related to the Tessaro family of the delicious Tessaro's in Bloomfield.1930s Boston. Maeve Fanning has had a rough time of things, most of which we learn about through flashbacks that don't really go much further than that. She has had a sti [...]

    5. There are books that I can only describe as being literary Chinese food, I enjoy the book while I read it--at times I can't even put it down--but, once I'm done, I just don't feel satisfied. There is a lot in Rare Objects to recommend it, but I just didn't feel that it came together at the end.The novel has a promising start--our heroine finds herself in a mental hospital, where she meets Diana, a mysterious but fragile woman. We are quickly brought back to 1930's Boston, where the bulk of the a [...]

    6. Rare Objects is set in Depression-era Boston and follows Maeve Fanning, a first-generation Irish woman, living with her widowed mother. Maeve makes some wrong choices and lands in a psychiatric hospital, like so many misunderstood women of that time. In the hospital she strikes up a friendship with Diana, who is from a wealthy Boston family, and their friendship continues outside of the hospital. Maeve gets sucked into Diana's web and both women feed off of each other as they try to push the bou [...]

    7. A solid 3.75. I really enjoyed this one. Set in Depression Era Boston, Maeve Fanning is cunning, smart, and totally adrift. She finds herself working in an antique shop, and immersed both in the lives and inner workings of that business, as much as entangled with the Van De Leer family, enigmatic, mysterious, a glamorous world of half truths. One of the themes in the novel, was that "you become the story you tell." Selling rare objects is about the story of where things came from, broken, old, l [...]

    8. Fine my full review at aliteraryvacation.Depression-era United States isn't a place and time I've read much about but, after reading Rare Objects, I'm starting to think that's been a mistake. Given this story's subject matter, the contrast between the poor, crowded, down on their luck immigrant communities like the one Maeve grew up in and the rich, opulent, and wanton world she becomes enmeshed in while working in the antiques store, is glaringly clear and that much more poignant for it. Whethe [...]

    9. Maeve is an Irish girl from Boston who runs away to NYC for reasons best known to herself (but which we can easily guess). In NYC, she develops alcoholism. She was already susceptible to alcohol in Boston, but at least she had a mother to look after her. (Not that she did much). No such thing in NYC, and one thing leads to another and she finds herself in a facility for the mentally challenged. There she meets a girl, clearly privileged, exchanges a couple of conversations, is released and comes [...]

    10. Favorite Quotes:“It’s a trick I learned from my mother – when in doubt, act like you know what you’re doing, and you’ll be treated like you do. And if you can convince others, there’s a chance that someday you might just be able to convince yourself.”“I used to wonder what it felt like to waste something; as a child I couldn’t imagine anything more delicious or sinful than the extravagance of throwing things away. I’ve wasted a few things since then; it’s not as liberating [...]

    11. I can't recall where the recommendation for this book came from. I really need to take note of that so I won't waste my time in the future. The Boston locale, premise to reinvent oneself, antiquitiesl had potential, but the narrative did not resonate with me.

    12. I tremendously enjoyed reading this book. At first it's just an interesting read about a lost girl falling down the rabbit hole of bad decisions, unable to understand how things have turned so wrong, so quickly. However, as she desperately fights to make something worthwhile of her life, she makes an unlikely friend in Diana. The two alternately work to bring each other down, then to lift each other up. They are both a matched pair of likable but desperate girls; fragile and infinitely breakable [...]

    13. I enjoyed every bit of this book. From the cover to the characters and lastly and most importantly the story. I was not a complete fan of the ending though. Only because I didn't want it to end. I wanted to know more about Several characters and where they ended up. With that being said it lets me hold out hope that this one could be a series. There were certain things in the story I wanted to read more of. More than one character felt open ended. Not really a cliff hanger the author addressed e [...]

    14. Sometimes, being broken is the most interesting thing to happen.Set in Boston in the early thirties, it charts the friendship between two young women, Diana wealthy and privileged, and Maeve from an impoverished single parent family who meet at an asylum after failed suicide attempts. Maeve is drawn to unsuitable men, but managed to secure a job as sales assistant at an antique and curio shop co-owned by Mr. Kessler, the business partner, and archaeologist Mr. Winshaw who sources objects from ar [...]

    15. I am not even sure how I found this book…perhaps the cover caught my eye? I went into with no expectations and no previous experience of this author and was really blown away. There is a LOT going on here, in a good way. Set in 1930s Boston, we manage to cover various immigrant waves entering the city, class issues, mental illness, and some really good character development. Oh, and antiques…which I enjoyed WAY more than I thought I was going to. The book summary gives a good idea of the gen [...]

    16. I received this book via in exchange for an honest review.This book is lovely like the title a rare object.I enjoyed the story line very much i felt i was immersed in 1930's Boston i do love it when a book does that! The characters were believable and you really wanted May with a y to get her life together! Highly recommend

    17. Iš tų, kur paprastos, bet neprastos. Tiesa, ilgai atmintyje ji neužsigulės, tačiau skaityti ją tikrai buvo malonumas. Todėl 4* yra šiek tiek su avansu, bet kad knyga taip įtraukė, tai negaila to avanso.

    18. Decoration Day? p. 284 mentions "Declaration Day." hmmmmm3.5 starsFull Review here:hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpr

    19. Nem egy tipikus rózsaszín lányregény és pont ezért tetszett. A főhős, Maeve megjárta már a poklok poklát, de nem adta fel. Miután New Yorkban egy öngyilkossági kísérlet után bekerül egy intézetbe, hazatér Bostonba és új életet kezd. Egy régiségboltban lesz titkárnő, ahol a munkája során bekerül egy előkelő társaságba. Innen már csak felfelé vezet az út? Válasz a könyvben

    20. I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins. Set during the Great Depression, this novel follows Maeve Fanning, a first generation Irish immigrant who was raised in Boston by her mother. Maeve has returned to Boston after a less than successful period living in New York City and moves back in with her mother. She manages to land a job in a antiques shop catering to Boston's wealthy and makes an unlikely friend in beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar, whom she original [...]

    21. [TW: briefly mentioned rape] Rare Objects tells the story of Maeve Fanning, a young Irish woman living in 1920s Boston. She comes from a lower-middle class family, but dreams of wealthier, happier living in New York City. She used to be a dancing girl for other men, a fact that she hides from her strict mother, but after she is raped one night and tries to commit suicide, she is taken to a mental hospital. At the hospital, subject to cruel treatment (like electroshock therapy), Maeve meets a str [...]

    22. Opening Rare Objects is like entering another world. This exceptionally engrossing novel will transport you to Boston in the 1930's. You will meet Maeve Fanning, who aspires to a life beyond her working class background, and who reinvents herself among the social elite in order to pursue a new future.I love historical fiction and found the setting and time period of this book unique and interesting. I rarely seem to find historical fiction set during the Depression Era. Maeve is an unusual chara [...]

    23. FTC Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.***********Rare Objects is the story of Maeve Fanning, a young woman on a journey of self-discovery. All too often, Maeve’s journey leads her in the wrong direction.Kathleen Tessaro is an extraordinary writer, and having read her earlier work, The Perfume Collector, I wanted to take part in this tour and review Rare Objects. Her characters a [...]

    24. Kathleen Tessaro can tell a story like no one else. She not only tells you the story but you come to know the characters so personally. This story takes place in Boston during a time when your heritage (Irish, Jewish, Italian, etc.) was considered a detriment to those who ruled society - in the case of this book it is the Van Der Laars and their South African family with questionably corrupt dealings in the diamond industry of South Africa. Maeve is a young Irish American girl who grows up with [...]

    25. This book cemented Kathleen Tessaro as one of my favorite authors.Just like The Perfume Collector, Rare Objects follows the life of a young woman wrapped up in a world of extravagance. Meave befriends an equally destructive girl named Diana Van der Laar, meeting her at an asylum and later when delivering an antique package to her mother. Tessaro's writing is as beautiful as ever, weaving an emotional tale of a girl caught between identities, and who she wants to be and who she is. Other books li [...]

    26. Rare Objects is one of those books where strongly drawn characters nestled in my mind for awhile but I’m sad to say the surrounding story faded from memory very quickly though. In the beginning I had a completely different opinion about the story and I couldn’t walk too far from my kindle before I would find the time to come right back for more of the atmosphere, easily readable narration and a plot that excited my imagination with various displayed key interests. Unfortunately after the ini [...]

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