After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist.
A story about identity and the shaping function of art, My Life as a Silent Movie presents a vividly rendered world and poses provocative questions on the relationship of art to life.
"Kercheval delves deeply into the rawest of emotions and the most wrenching of choices, richly detailing each twist and turn with grace.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Have listened to 100's of audiobooks and would say this ranks somewhere in the middle.
Definitely Emma~so much loss and sadness. She seemed to be just a shell of her former self. I loved the way she described Paris, her interpretations of the silent movies, and was able to recover from the tragedies she had experienced.
Enjoyed her performance very much~especially as Emma's brother.
No, because I found so much sorrow in the story.
The ending was just perfect.Audiobook provided for an honest review.
The Narrator made the book come alive!
Yes. Rosemary's narration brought me to Paris and Moscow. Her ability to make each character their own voice and inflection was amazing. This was the first fiction book I've listened to and if I find other book's that Rosemary narrated it will not be my last.
Family centric theme and our need to belong.
The hospital scene.
I cried several times. I was moved by the raw pain that Emma/Vera was experiencing, I've suffered some of the same loses. The hospital scene and how life and death are so closely connected.
Highly recommended this book. The writing came alive with Rosemary's terrific narration. I was cuddled up sick and it was like having a good friend come over and read to me, soothe me, entertain me.
- Diane Belz