Author(s): Liza Klaussmann
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Cole and Linda Porter, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos - all are summer guests of Gerald and Sara Murphy. Visionary, misunderstood, and from vastly different backgrounds, the Murphys met and married young, and set forth to create a beautiful world. They alight on Villa America: their coastal oasis of artistic genius, debauched parties, impeccable style and flamboyant imagination. But before long, a stranger enters into their relationship, and their marriage must accommodate an intensity that neither had forseen. When tragedy strikes, their friends reach out to them, but the golden bowl is shattered, and neither Gerald nor Sara will ever be the same. Ravishing, heart-breaking, and written with enviable poise, Villa America delivers on all the promise of Liza Klaussmann's bestselling debut, Tigers in Red Weather. It is an overwhelming, unforgettable novel.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Tigers in Red Weather, a gorgeous novel of the 1920s on the French Riviera, and an enthralling marriage
Klaussmann writes beautifully ... [A] gorgeous, melancholy novel. Sunday Express Immersive ... a memorably tense, seductive fiction from many perspectives -- Patricia Nicol Sunday Times Glitteringly alive. Independent A brilliant novel about love in all its forms ... A deeply moving portrait of a marriage and of a world. Irish Times A stylish and unputdownable book. Sunday Express [Klaussmann] entwines her fact and fiction with a smooth, near seemless stitch, and the end result makes for exhilarating and moving reading. Observer Memorably tense, seductive fiction ... Impressively done. Sunday Times An equally tragic and compelling tale ... The moments of painfully recollected radiance provide confirmation that something precious has been at stake in the tragedy. Guardian Another sensitive fictional portrait of a complicated marriage from the author of Tigers in Red Weather ... Beautifully written. Kirkus In Liza Klaussmann's skilled and sensitive new novel, Villa America, the Murphys' famous sociability becomes intriguingly fraught, the expression of a loving, complicated marriage whose intricacies she investigates with the same emotional acumen displayed in her 2012 debut novel, Tigers in Red Weather ... [An] empathetic, beautifully written novel. Washington Post A sumptuous read. Irish Examiner One to read slowly, on a beach in the South of France with sherry in hand. Press and Journal
Liza Klaussmann was born in New York but lives in London. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novel Tigers in Red Weather.