Orange Prize Nominee Author
1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees Dayton‚ Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. She strikes up a correspondence with childhood admirer Oscar Williams‚ a recent widow with a young son and‚ in desperation‚ agrees to marry him. But Catherine is not prepared for the life that awaits on remote Galveston Island‚ Texas‚ where the secrets of the past — and Oscar’s housekeeper — sit uncomfortably between them.