Goodbye ForeverAuthor: Paola Calvetti
As dramatic as La Traviata itself, Goodbye Forever tells the story of three women, Virginia, Olga, and Cecilia, best friends whose lives and destinies are inextricably woven together by death, music, and love. The story opens at Cecilia’s funeral, when Virginia finds Olga’s diary. From this starting point, the novel is told in a series of flashbacks recounting the 40-year friendship between these three women, who shared dreams, adolescent adventures, and Giulio, a man who left Olga to marry Cecilia. In the wake of this betrayal, the three friends part ways. Olga moves to Milan where she becomes a famous set designer for the opera, while Cecilia is overshadowed by Giulio’s career as an orchestra conductor. Virginia remains the steady witness to both lives destroyed by the same man, but one jealously-guarded secret stays hidden in the yellowed pages of Olga’s diary. Goodbye Forever is a novel of heart-breaking poetry and emotion.
Publish Date: 2005
Page Count: 203, paperback