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The National Book Review

Thornton has followed her luscious debut novel, Charleston, with a sophomore work that is just as richly evoked, but with a scope and nuanced intelligence that evokes a contemporary version of the world of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. While a city was a character in her earlier novel, Thornton this time turns her perceptive eye to a married couple, a journalist and a financier lawyer, as they swirl among Bermeja, London, St. Tropez, and Tangier, in an intellectual and emotional volley as their power balance shifts. Thornton deftly portrays the wife as an insightful, enterprising journalist who is also deeply naïve about her husband’s financial dealings and status, while he grows increasingly unaware as their relationship disentangles.