Author(s): Valerie Martin
Toby and Salome attend the same college, live in the same New York City neighbourhood, and have the same political views. And they are madly in love. But like many modern couples, their pasts and the stories of their families' lives are worlds apart from one another. When Salome suddenly realises she is pregnant, and she and Toby decide to spend their lives together, they must find a way to reconcile their two families. It becomes a tragically difficult task. Exotic, mysterious, and sometimes brooding Salome was brought to America as a young child. Her father, a Croat, barely escaped the wrath of Serbs who burned their village the day they ran. Salome's mother never made it out - or so Salome thinks. Branko Drago, the father, now mans an oyster boat in Louisiana, barely scraping by. The parents of all-American Toby, on the other hand, are upper middle-class academics living in the suburbs of New York. Toby's father, Brendan, is a history professor, and his mother, Chloe, an artist and writer. For Chloe, Salome's brusque, unpolished manner is impossible to accept. First published 2007.
Critically acclaimed award-winning novelist's finest novel to date 'Spellbinding... a virtuoso' - New York Times Book Review 'Few have written so surprisingly, so convincingly, as Valerie Martin about sexual obsession' - Margaret Atwood
Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels, including the 2003 Orange Prize-winning Property. She is also the author of a non-fiction work about St Francis of Assisi, Salvation. She lives in upstate New York.