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Alena

By Rachel Pastan

In an inspired restaging of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, a young curator finds herself haunted by the legacy of her predecessor.

At the Venice Biennale, an aspiring assistant curator from the Midwest meets Bernard Augustin, the wealthy, enigmatic founder of the Nauk, a cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod. It’s been two years since the tragic death of the Nauk’s chief curator, Augustin’s childhood friend and muse, Alena. When Augustin offers the position to our heroine (who, like du Maurier’s original, remains nameless) she dives at the chance—and quickly finds herself well out of her depth.

The Nauk echoes with phantoms of the past—a past obsessively preserved by the museum’s business manager and the rest of the staff. Their devotion to the memory of the charismatic Alena threatens to stifle the new curator’s efforts to realize her own creative vision, and her every move mires her more deeply in artistic, erotic, and emotional entanglements. When new evidence calls into question the circumstances of Alena’s death, her loyalty, integrity, and courage are put to the test, and shattering secrets surface.

Stirring and provocative, Alena is the result of a delicious visitation of one of the most popular novels of the twentieth century on a brilliant and inventive novelist of the twenty-first.

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2014

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9781594632471


Format: Book
Author: Pastan, Rachel
Summary: "A contemporary retelling of Daphne du Maurier's gripping and iconic novel Rebecca, ALENA tells the story of a bright young curator who finds herself haunted by the legacy of her predecessor at a small, cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Alena / Rachel Pastan.
Publisher Date: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Subject: Art museum curators -- Fiction. Women -- Fiction. Cape Cod (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781594632471 (hbk.) 1594632472 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Pastan
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Bib Id: 493476

Format: Book
Author: Pastan, Rachel.
Summary: "A contemporary retelling of Daphne du Maurier's gripping and iconic novel Rebecca, ALENA tells the story of a bright young curator who finds herself haunted by the legacy of her predecessor at a small, cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Alena / Rachel Pastan.
Publisher, Date: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Description: 308 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Art museum curators -- Fiction.
Subjects: Women -- Fiction.
Subjects: Cape Cod (Mass.) -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013030316
ISBN: 9781594632471 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1594632472 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Pastan