It is the summer of 1899, and Olympia Biddeford and her parents have retired from the heat of Boston to the coastal resort of Fortune's Rocks. When the celebrated essayist John Haskell is invited to stay, no one forsees the affair that is to follow between a 15-year-old girl and a man three times her age. With no regard for propriety or self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with catastrophic results into a relationship that is both passionate and destructive, as these six short weeks shape the rest of her life.
Anita Shreve is the author of the acclaimed novels Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, Where or When, Resistance, The Weight of Water and the international number one bestsellers The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks. She teaches writing at Amherst College and divides her time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She began writing as a high school teacher. One of her first published stories was awarded an O Henry Prize in 1975. Blair Brown began her stage career with the Ontario Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has received five Emmy nominations for her role in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the TV movie Kennedy. She has appeared in various American television series and mini-series and has read some Anita Shreve titles for Orion Audio.