Valerie Martin, Author . Doubleday/Talese $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-385-51545-0

This thought-provoking novel by Orange Prize–winning Martin (for Property ) opens deceptively, as the quiet story of a mother slowly adjusting to her 21-year-old son becoming an adult. In 2002, Chloe Dane is a loving mother and wife, an artist engrossed in illustrating a new edition of Wuthering Heights and a protestor against the imminent invasion of Iraq. Her husband, Brendan, is a historian who doubts that his work has any value but is generally self-satisfied. When their only child, Toby, a junior at NYU, gets Salome Drago, his Croatian immigrant girlfriend, pregnant and hastily marries her, Chloe fears he was trapped by a calculating woman more interested in Toby’s family’s impressive house and property than in Toby. When Salome learns her mother, Jelena, whom she believed was killed by Serbs, is alive, she traces her to Trieste and abruptly departs to find her. Toby follows, and when the newlyweds decide to drop out of college and remain in Italy, Chloe sends Brendan to bring Toby home. A tragedy—one very convenient for the narrative—strikes while Brendan’s in Italy, paving the way for a startlingly light resolution. Forgiveness doesn’t come easy for the characters as they learn that nothing—not family, borders or survival—is inviolable. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/09/2007
Release date: 09/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
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