Kitty and Virgil
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
, May 11, 2001
- 280 pages
When Kitty Crozier awakens in a hospital one morning, she looks into the face of a stranger with "a glint of something like silver in his smile". Months later, she encounters him again in a London park. This time Virgil Florescu, a dissident poet who fled Romania by swimming across the Danube, doesn't disappear. Virgil's delicate courtship of the shy Kitty blossoms into a captivating romance that shines through even the darkest Eastern European past. Moving fluidly between contemporary times, 1930s Romania, and England during the 1950s, Kitty & Virgil tells an epic and bittersweet story of two unlikely lovers and their extraordinary families. Paul Bailey writes a humorous and heartbreaking tale that expertly combines a classic English comedy of manners with a haunting meditation on the burdens of the past.