Helen Benedict, a Columbia University professor, has written four previous novels, five nonfiction books, and a play. Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from the "Los Angeles Times" and the Chicago and New York public libraries.
"Not since "Lord of the Flies" has a novelist written with such
perceptiveness about the potential for harm that lurks within the
innocence of childhood."--Paula Sharp, author of "Crows over a
"A wonderful novel and a true page-turner, a vivid story."--Joan Silber, author of "The Size of the World"
"Reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh in its biting satire and Somerset Maugham. . . . A book that both moved and surprised me until the very last word."--Mary Morris, author of "Revenge"