Follows Maria de las Nieves Moran from closeted girlhood in a riotous convent to social, sexual and intellectual freedom in the giddy city of New York. Maria's life is told through the lives of the men who are captivated by Maria, but when she gives birth to a daughter whose father she refuses to name, each fails to protect her.
Francisco Goldman's first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens, won the Sue Kaufman Prize for first fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Ordinary Seaman, his second novel, was a finalist for the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. Both novels were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Goldman's novel The Divine Husband was published by Atlantic Books in 2006. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, New York Times Magazine, and New York Review of Books. The Art of Political Murder (Atlantic 2008) is his latest book.