This book copyrighted in 1990. Stacy winbrand hasn't heard from Maadame Karpova for two years when the phone call comes: her beloved mentor is dead, and she has named next of kin. Why, when the only link betwween them was that of teacher and student? Stacy is further stunned by the news that she is heir to the elderly actress's estate. But she questions the events surroundings Madame's death, and when she meets a young man who knew the old woman in her final months and shares her doubts, Stacy is uneasy about accepting her inheritance. In her search for answers, she learns that Madame's legacy was far more than monetary-in her protegee, Madame saw great talent, a gift Stacy doubts. If she is to live up to her teacher's expectations, Stacy must summon all her strength and take her first hesitant steps into the spotlight. Bounds through the gauzy layers of past and present are a fiery Russian actress and a teenager who fears she cannot be all she aspires to. This provocative novel, laced with mystery and the many moods of the theater, tells of a girl's efforts to understand herself-and those around her-by learning to read between the lines. goes to highest bidder.