Cecilia, capricious and unable to love, inches reluctantly towards a second marriage to the kind, passionless Julian Tower.
Meanwhile, her sister-in-law, Emmeline, is surprised to find the calm tenor of her life disturbed by her attraction to the predatory Mark Linkwater.
Markie's appearance disrupts the lives of both women, but in the pain of misunderstanding, it is Emmeline who reveals her vulnerability in a violent and tragic act.
This book is reissued alongside The Hotel and The Little Girls.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 27/05/1999
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099287766