A Novel

Book - 2007
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Chloe Dale's life is in good order. Her only child, Toby, has started his junior year at New York University; her husband, an academic on sabbatical, is working at home on his book about the Crusades; and Chloe is busy creating illustrations for a special edition of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Yet Chloe is disturbedby the aggression of her government's foreign policy, by the poacher who roams the land behind her studio punctuating her solitude with rifle fire, and finally, by Toby's new girlfriend, a Croatian refugee named Salome Drago. Raised in the Croatian expatriate community of New Orleans, Salome is a toxic mix of the old world and the new: intelligent, superstitious, sly, seductive, and confident. But Salome's past is a mine of dangerous secrets, and the violence that destroyed her homeland is far from over. Chloe distrusts her on sight, and as Toby's obsession with Salome grows, Chloe's mistrust deepens, alienating her from her tolerant husband and besotted son. Rich with menace, the novel unfolds in a world where darkness intrudes into bright and pleasant places, a world with betrayal at its heart. In shimmering prose Valerie Martin raises the question: who shall inherit America?
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385515450
Branch Call Number: F MAR


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Nov 10, 2016

This is a book about different kinds of trespass - the poacher who trespasses on someone's property, the finance who trespasses on a mother's son, and the warmongers of the war following the collapse of Yugoslavia and of the invasion of Iraq. The ending is too neat, but otherwise, this is an interesting novel.

Nov 21, 2011

There are a couple of interesting plot twists and I found the story quite absorbing. I've read other books by this author and have never yet been disappointed.


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