美國女子亞莉珊卓（Alexandra Boyd）剛抵達不熟悉的土地保加利亞，就遇見一對老夫婦與中年兒子三人組，在幫助他們搭上計程車後，才發現她誤拿了老夫婦的袋子，裡面裝有刻著名字「Stoyan Lazarov」（斯托楊．拉扎洛夫）的精緻木盒，打開後一看竟裝著骨灰罈！為了物歸原主，亞莉珊卓踏上尋找拉扎洛夫家族的曲折旅程……她所挖掘出關於骨灰主人的秘密與過去，卻使她被視為眼中釘、甚至遭到跟蹤，顯然有人並不希望過去的真相見光！這些都讓任務變得更加困難，卻也愈顯其急迫與重要性。另一方面，她回顧死去哥哥的過去，長年來的罪惡感，成為她將骨灰罈物歸原主的執著……
A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes.
As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.
Kostova s new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.
Praise for Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian
Quite extraordinary . . . Kostova is a natural storyteller. . . . She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner. San Francisco Chronicle
Hypnotic . . . a thrill ride through history. The Denver Post
Part thriller, part history, part romance . . . Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous story to tell. Baltimore Sun
Kostova s vampire is no campy Lugosi knockoff. . . . Blending history and myth, Kostova has fashioned a version so fresh that when a stake is finally driven through a heart, it inspires the tragic shock of something happening for the very first time. Newsweek
Praise for The Swan Thieves
Exquisite. The Boston Globe
Engrossing. O: The Oprah Magazine
Stunning . . . A beautifully written tale of art, love and an obsession triggered by both. Associated Press"