As The Secret of the Nightingale Palace begins, thirty-five-year-old Anna Rosenthal has recently lost her husband to leukemia. Some time has passed since his death, and it’s time for Anna to get back on her feet, but she is struggling to move on. Out of the blue, Anna’s estranged grandmother, Goldie, telephones and orders her to come to New York at once. Goldie Rosenthal is overly opinionated, obsessed with good manners, and flat-out nasty sometimes, but she’s family. Before we know it, Anna is sitting at JoJo on the Upper East Side and agreeing to drive Goldie across the country in a Rolls-Royce to deliver a collection of valuable Japanese art to a long-lost friend in San Francisco. Wilmington author Dana Sachs will be in the store to read from and sign her new novel.