A NovelBook - 2013
Surrendering to the relentless wooing of an older man, Constance Schuyler moves into his dark, book-filled apartment, where she is tortured by painful childhood memories before learning devastating new information about her past.
The cool, beautiful Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan in the early 1960s. At a literary party, she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior. Sidney is a single father with a poor marital record, and he pursues Constance with relentless determination. Eventually she surrenders, accepts his marriage proposal, and moves, with some dread, into his dark, book-filled apartment.
She can't settle in. She's tortured by memories of the bitterly unhappy childhood she spent with her father in a dilapidated house upstate. When she learns devastating new information about that past, Constance's fragile psyche suffers a profound shock. Her marriage, already tottering, threatens to collapse completely. Frightened, desperate and alone, Constance makes a disastrous decision, then looks on as her world rapidly falls apart. Her only consolation, as the city swelters in an interminable heat wave, is the friendship of Sidney's son Howard, a strange, delicate child, not unlike Constance herself.
The story of a marriage in crisis and a family haunted by trauma, Constance is also a tale of resilience and loyalty, and of the moral inspiration that can lead even the most lost of souls back to the light.
Surrendering to the relentless wooing of an older man in spite of his poor marital record, a beautiful woman from 1960s Manhattan moves into his dark, book-filled apartment, where she is tortured by painful childhood memories before learning devastating new information about her past. By the author of Asylum. 25,000 first printing.