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A dark mother-daughter struggle unfolds as Michelle Pfeiffer masterfully portrays the beautiful and dangerous Ingrid Magnussen, an artist/mother/murderer who commits an imperfect crime and goes to prison, leaving her tender and gifted teenage daughter, Astrid, to navigate the Foster care system. Astrid’s journey discovers a delicious diversity of female characters, each contributing to her development and eventual emancipation from the spell of the sinister Ingrid. Art is an important and enchanting factor in this story, especially when Astrid creates a series of assemblage suitcases, each depicting a station of the uncertain passage we travel with her. Deeply engaging. [usa, 2002] reviewed by nancy brown

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