Winter in HollywoodBook - 2006
From one of Canada's most critically acclaimed authors comes a novel that deals with the complicated and painful issues of aging and mourning, along with the bittersweet consolations of memory, family, friendship and faith.
A recently widowed seventy-five-year-old woman called Irene Dunne travels to West Hollywood, where her only daughter, a film producer, has just been killed in a car accident. As she grapples with the aftermath of her puzzling daughter's sudden death, Irene Dunne befriends two teenage girls and a mysterious but larger-than-life Hungarian woman who, it turns out, is involved in an informal baby-selling ring that has unexpected ramifications as the novel unfolds.
Redolent of the timeless Demeter-Persephone myth of a mother searching for her lost daughter, this brave novel is a brilliant portrait of sorrow and love, of memory and courage. Written in the clear, evocative style that Teleky has been praised for, Winter in Hollywood adds a memorable new character to the annals of fiction about aging in its subtle exploration of the meaning of the end of life.