In London, Claire's daughter Rachel is raped. Impregnated, she keeps her child. Claude, a New York art editor, arrives in London, where he meets Claire and Rachel. When Claire sees a reference to a mysterious Renaissance painting, she and Rachel travel to Italy and Russia--where Claude's destiny is forever linked to theirs. "The most hypnotic novelist of his generation".--Alfred Corn.
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The prolific Plante (The Accident, LJ 3/15/ 91) offers a cerebral, geographically evocative tour through London, New York, Lucca, and Moscow, following the merging paths of two unhappy seekers. Art historian Claire O'Connel, never healed from her husband's suicide, now suffers desperately from the rape of her wise young daughter, Rachel, and throws herself into her search for a lost painting. Meanwhile, dark-visioned editor Claude Ricard, haunted by his Russian heritage and his unfulfilling sexual relationship, watches the deaths of the people he needs. Through their mutual new friend, the genial, failing Maurice Kuragin, Claire and Claude intertwine their stories in a moody Moscow denouement marked by sadness and strangeness but also by the possibility of redemption. For serious readers at public libraries.-Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio