My latest book: The World Against Her Skin
“A rousing portrait of a brave, imperfect woman.... A stunning drama that delves into one woman’s bid for romantic satisfaction, even at the price of desolation.” —BookLife
An “incredibly compelling book.” —The US Review of Books
Virginia and Joe Thorndike have been married for twenty-two years, and now she's in love with a surgeon thirteen years her junior. She leaves her husband and flies to Miami to start living with Rich Villamano, but there he tells her he has changed his mind and they must go their own ways. In an instant their four-year affair is over. She takes off in his car, heading north with no luggage, no hope or destination. She buys a bottle of gin and drinks it straight. She abandons the car, flies to New York and takes an airport hotel room. She has no home and nowhere to go.
In this biographical novel, much is remembered and much imagined. Emotional flashbacks from Virginia’s youth expose the sexual abuse by her father, an affair with her high school diving coach and her marriage to a jealous first husband. Then, after her divorce from Joe Thorndike, she fights to hold onto her sons. When sober, she can rise to the occasion. Other times not.