About the BookJane Lindskold's latest novel is a curious book in many ways. A standalone fantasy and somewhat subtle on the fantasy, it also dares to have a protagonist be a single woman in her fifties. Not the usual, then, in genre terms, but for the most part an elegantly, cosy and yet unsettling walk on the slightly less wild side. It's not perfect, but it is completely unique in its way.
Mira Fenn, ostensibly a perfectly normal, middle-aged Ohio art teacher, harbours the secret of a oddly unconventional childhood. Before she was adopted by her adoring foster parents, Mira lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in a house full of mirrors and haunted by silent female servants ruled by her egotistical mother, the flamboyantly beautiful Colette Bogatyr.
Colette's mysterious disappearance when Mira was ten heralds the end of a life of handmade silk dresses and her strangely colourless New Mexico existence in Phineas House. Moved to Ohio and a somewhat normal life, Mira discovers her talent for art and her odd childhood starts to recede into a dim and distant memory...