A National Book Award finalist, this novel relates the events of four crucial days in the lives of four people sharing a rambling Victorian house, “lying low” and harboring secrets not meant to be shared. Theo Wait, a middle-aged former ballet dancer, and her brother, Anton, have taken in two boarders: beautiful Lynn, who never receives mail or visitors; and energetic and effusive Ouida, a Brazilian student and illegal alien who won’t let complicated bureaucratic wrangles and constant fear of deportation taint her vision of America as the land of opportunity.
A faked identity, a search for one of the FBI’s most wanted escaped prison convicts, and a Brazilian feast that spins out of control kick the plot into high gear. While each of these characters has been plagued by a sense of impending disaster, the terrible thing they’ve all been fearing comes from an entirely unexpected direction, shattering all of their lives.
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About Diane Johnson
Diane Johnson is the author of ten novels, most recently Le Mariage and Le Divorce, two books of essays, two biographies, and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s classic film The Shining. She has been a finalist four times for the… More about Diane Johnson
Published by Plume Apr 01, 1998| 288 Pages| 5-5/16 x 8| ISBN 9780452279452