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Award-winning novelist Katherine Mosby examines the complex landscape of adultery while depicting a woman's unlikely blossoming in the face of war. Lavinia Gibbs defies social convention and family expectations in New York in the 1930s when she breaks off a passionless engagement to a prominent banker. Instead of surrendering to an invisible spinsterhood, Lavinia moves to Paris, where, on the verge of World War II, her sexual and political awakening collide in an unforgettable tale.
“...finely wrought prose and unexpectedly moving portrait of a woman who loses her privileges and finds herself.”
“Captivating...Lovely language and lively characters.”
“Intensely romantic. . . . Beautiful, full of rich, carefully chosen metaphors.”
-Washington Post Book World
“Lyrical . . . moody, atmospheric . . . rich with a sense of longing . . . dark, seductive and worth visiting.”
-People (Three stars)
“A deceptively simple and tender novel...the story of a young American woman who (risks) everything for illicit love.”
“Readers who appreciate poetic language and psychologically complex portraits…will savor this.”
“Impeccably rendered...Elegant, perceptive prose...Eloquence is paired with incisive content.”
“Mosby has a true storyteller’s voice.”
“Mosby writes with fluid grace…her images are magical.”
“Tremendously ambitious...and impressive.”
-The New Yorker