History of a Pleasure Seeker

By Richard Mason
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307949288, 305pp.)

Publication Date: November 13, 2012

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Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier--a child who refuses to leave his family's mansion on one of Amsterdam's grandest canals. As Piet enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets and finds his life transformed.
A brilliantly written portrait of the senses, "History of a Pleasure Seeker" is an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe's Belle Epoque, written with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.

About the Author
Runaways's Author Richard Mason has written 10 novels in the Richard, the Norphlet Paperboy Series. This novel is the 10th. Mason has nine other books for adult readers. He is a honored conservationist, and, working with his wife they have been a strong factor in making downtown El Dorado the best small town downtown in the nation.

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