"Olympia leaps out in sharp focus from the first page, but the conscientiously tangled plotting and the muddle it provokes in her show the strain of transplanting a millenial sensibility back a hundred years.($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Shreve's seventh novel (Pilot's Wife, 1998, etc.) is a pleasantly atmospheric fin-de-siäcle tale of high-society adultery, in which love ultimately triumphs for a gorgeously written heroine who seems to belong in a different century.
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