My Life as a Silent Movie
By Jesse Lee Kercheval
(Indiana University Press, Paperback, 9780253010247, 220pp.)
Publication Date: September 2013
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After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist. A story about identity and the shaping function of art, My Life as a Silent Movie presents a vividly rendered world and poses provocative questions on the relationship of art to life.