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In an inspired restaging of Daphne du Mauriers 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. Its been two years since the tragic death of the Nauks chief curator, Augustins childhood friend and muse, Alena. When Augustin offers the position to our heroine (who, like du Mauriers original, remains nameless) she dives at the chanceand quickly finds herself well out of her depth.
The Nauk echoes with phantoms of the pasta past obsessively preserved by the museums business manager and the rest of the staff. Their devotion to the memory of the charismatic Alena threatens to stifle the new curators 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 Alenas death, her loyalty, integrity, and courage are put to the test, and shattering secrets surface.
Stirring and provocative, Alena is the result of adelicious visitation of one of the most popular novels of the twentieth century on a brilliant and inventive novelist of the twenty-first.