Natalya's Secrets

by John P. Fields



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/17/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781434389787
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781434389794

About the Book

The bomb explosion at a Greenwich Village Townhouse left Paul Goldman frightened and distraught and he visits his seventy-year- old grandmother, Natalya Rhinerling, seeking consolation. She feeds him dinner, and after eating, he confesses his unlawful involvement with a violent wing of the antiwar movement. Natalya was aware of his political activism and the alienation of his father, but the things he revealed tonight were extremely disturbing.     

When they finished eating, they moved to the living room where Paul sat in his favorite chair. “I feel relaxed whenever I’m in this room, Grandma. It brings back pleasant memories of Grandpa Rhinerling. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone three years. I miss him.”

“No one misses him more than I do,” she sighed, “and my heart is still broken. Now I am worried about you, my dear Paul, -and so are your parents. I decided that now is the time to reveal the shocking secrets your Grandfather and I had kept hidden for over 20 years.”

In the past, Natalya had avoided his probing questions, preferring to discuss her music career or tell stories about her childhood -how she hunted butterflies and rode horses on her family’s country estate in Russia. “What kind of secrets could she be referring to?” Paul wondered.          

Natalya opened a small, mahogany liquor cabinet that sat in a corner of the living room. She removed a bottle of Courvoisier and filled two pony glasses. “To prepare the senses for what is to come,” she toasted, touching her glass to his. With that bit of theatrics, the talented violinist began the astonishing saga of her life.

About the Author

                   John Fields


The author is a history buff with an extensive collection of books on 20th century Russia and Germany. His lifetime travels in Europe and Asia on business and pleasure provided the inspiration for Natalya’s Secrets.

 Mr. Fields poetry book, Reflections on a Long Life was published in 2001 and is still available on the Barnes and Noble’s Web Site. He lives with his wife Muriel in Manchester, New Jersey and spends winters in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Natalya’s Secrets is his first novel.