Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to meet the ancestors whose secrets shape your life without your knowing it? In this stunning and erotic mystery-romance, Nora Locke, a 38-year old Professor of English Literature, is transported eighty years back in time to her grandmother’s birthplace, where she is confronted by the gruesome crime that still holds her own life in its dead grip.
Her journey begins after her mother’s death when she discovers an old suitcase, containing ancestral photos and other mementos, while sorting through the attic of her natal home. Through a quirky act of fate, Nora takes this suitcase on her sabbatical to England instead of the new one she had packed. With the case’s contents serving as a catalyst, time seems to melt around Nora, hurtling her back to 1913, the year that her flamboyant grandmother emigrated from the Midland’s town of Barrow, carrying the suitcase. Trapped in this surrealistic backwater, Nora becomes embroiled in the lives of the inhabitants of The Wolfe Inn Moon, an eccentric hotel possessed of its own bizarre and tangled secrets. At the same, she finds the layers of her own identity peeling away to expose a frightening and naked passion that she never knew she possessed. When she becomes swept up in a grisly murder, solving that crime propels her ever deeper into the larger mysteries of life, death and universal meaning.
This is an entertaining, highly original and daring novel of quest and identity that explores ever-deepening layers of reality to a startling conclusion. Sylvia Fraser uses a storyteller’s magic to defy time and even death, while weaving together the sensual and the intellectual to create a compelling portrait of time past that confronts the larger questions of purpose, destiny and meaning that we all face today.
PRAISE FOR THE ANCESTRAL SUITCASE:
“The Ancestral Suitcase is a brilliant, incandescent, sensual achievement, full of mystery and unanswerable questions. . .It haunts me.”- author June Callwood.