A "New York Times Book Review" Editors' Choice
In the spring of 1950, Coral Glynn arrives at an isolated
mansion in the English countryside to nurse the elderly Edith Hart.
There, Coral meets Hart House's odd inhabitants: Mrs. Prence, the
perpetually disgruntled housekeeper, and Major Clement Hart, her
charge's war-ravaged son. When a child's game goes violently awry
in the nearby woods, a great shadow--love, perhaps--descends upon
its residents. Other seemingly random events--a torn dress, a
missing ring, a lost letter--propel Coral and Clement precipitously
into the mysterious thicket of marriage.
Written with his unique sense of wit and empathy, Peter Cameron's
brilliant novel is a stunning exploration of how need and desire
can blossom into love--and just as quickly transform into something