Synopses & Reviews
Three surprising women, their lives riven by divorce both literal and metaphorical: Ellen Clayton, reeling from her husbands decision to leave her after twenty years, finds meaning in caring for her teenage daughters and in her work as the veterinarian at the New Orleans Zoo. Her young assistant Camille, preyed on by a series of contemptuous men, experiences bizarre episodes in which she feels herself transforming into one of the great cats in her care. And Elisabeth Boyer, a passionate Creole aristocrat trapped on her husbands antebellum plantation, finds deliverance in the form of a black leopard, a powerful, merciless ally from the wild. Their unfolding stories blur distinctions of time, class and social construct to reveal the ordinary and extraordinary measures required to make our fractured world whole.
Valerie Martin, bestselling author of Mary Reilly, weaves together the lives of three women attempting to make sense of the cruelties committed in the name of "civilization."
Ellen Clayton, accomplished veterinarian at the New Orleans Zoo, is coping with her husband's decision to leave her after twenty years. Ellen's assistant Camille comes to identify with the big cats in their care during increasingly bizarre episodes. And Elisabeth Boyer, a passionate Creole aristocrat trapped on an antebellum plantation, finds deliverance in the form of a black leopard. Their unfolding stories reveal the ordinary and extraordinary measures required to make whole our fractured world.
About the Author
Valerie Martin is the author of six novels and two collections of short fiction, including Italian Fever and Mary Reilly, and a biography of St. Francis, Salvation. She resides in upstate New York.