My Current Reading

The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin

lilly-aphroditeBorn in Berlin at the dawn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite, is orphaned at an early age, struggles to survive WWI, being alone, hungry and poor. She eventually becomes a silent movie star. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. You’ll have to read it to find out what happens. Here is a segment from the opening:

Lilly Nelly Aphrodite was born in the final moments of the last hour of the nineteenth century. She was caught in a dark blue handwoven cloth threaded with real gold instead of the obligatory white receiving shawl and was declared perfect by everyone around the bedside, including the landlady and the Bavarian lover. Unfortunately, the dye, though a beautiful shade, was not fast and the cloth stained her creased and slippery newborn skin.

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