The Nancy Who Drew
is a memoir that solved a mystery.
Did the events occur in order that
she would remember a previous life? What did she know and when did she know it?
This is a story of remembrance. Because sometimes, in order to make sense of
this life, you have to remember the one that came before.
A shy, dreamy girl
grows up in New York City in the 50s and 60s. Betrayed by her mother, Nancy
flees to London to realize her dream of studying at RADA and becoming an
actress in England. Upon her return home seven years later, disillusioned with
acting and eager to start a new life as a painter, her mother confesses that
she conceived Nancy “in revenge for World War II.” This resonates with Nancy,
as if she has known it all along. She becomes an artist, exploring her
subconscious through drawing and painting. But it isn’t until decades later when
she begins to write her story that she discovers the meaning of the images.
Did her dreams of
death and her childhood drawings of a dead girl, have something to do with a
girl who was killed by the Nazis exactly six years and six months before the
day she was born? Is this the girl who haunted Nancy’s dreams in childhood? The
girl she painted at the bottom of the sea? If it is, then Nancy’s own life
begins to make sense as she comes to a new understanding of why she might have
“created her reality.”