Synopses & Reviews
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.