Better known to the literary world as George Eliot, Marian Evans journeys to 1880 Venice to start again, hoping her new marriage to the much younger John Cross will absolve her of her 25-year affair with George Henry Lewes. A century later, sculptor Caroline Spingold reluctantly follows her much older husband to the same city, a place that holds only bitterness for her. Deborah Weisgall tells the stories of these two women—and their surprising similarities—as each confronts desire, and each assesses what she has and who she is.
"Weisgall's first novel, Still Point, took the reader into the world of a New York City ballet company, and this second one explores the parallel worlds of two marriages a century apart yet forever interwoven through the beauty of Venice.... The story is enhanced by vivid attention to the artistic and literary detail in both the historical and contemporary settings."—Booklist (starred review)