They call themselves the Leopardi Circle, six members of a local writing group. There’s Gillian, a beautiful, scheming, world-famous poet; Bernard, a pompous but lovable biographer; Virginia, a respected historian and the peacemaker of the group, who is also Bernard’s ex-wife; Chris, a divorced father and successful thriller writer with a gruff exterior but a good heart; and Adam, the youngest of the group, an aspiring novelist who is infatuated with Gillian. And the newcomer to the group, Nancy, an unassuming, fragile woman, embarking on a new chapter in her own life. Each month they meet and read their work aloud and offer feedback. Over the course of a year, marriages are tested, affairs begin, and an act of betrayal by one member threatens the entire group.
Through their complicated relationships, these eccentric characters share their families, their beds, and their histories, and they soon find that buried secrets have a way of coming to light. Hearts break and emotions are pushed to the limit in this richly engaging tale of love, betrayal, and literature.
“You find you simply can’t put it down. This is a wonderful book, tense, engaging, and highly recommended.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
“The exurbanite culture and cultured chums Demas evokes have a charmed staying power.”
“Fascinating . . . gives readers a seat in the writing world.” —Sacramento Book Review
“An amazingly clever novel with depth, drama, and warmth.”
—Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife
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