Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9781400054435, 355pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2006
Sylvia Bran, a waitress and music store pianist, also has an obsession. Enraptured by the beautiful violinist, Sylvia contrives a way to get to know Inez. At once seductive and solicitous, Sylvia awakens Inez from the suffocating grip of her career, the demands of motherhood, and the tensions of her unhappy marriage. The two women become lovers, embarking on a dance of passion and betrayal that soon spins out of control.
A novel of risk, passion, and surrender, "Beautiful Inez" is alive with the music that draws Inez and Sylvia together. Set against the vivid backdrop of San Francisco in the early 1960s, it is an unexpected journey into the lives of two masterfully drawn, unforgettable women.
Includes a new essay and a Q + A with the author.
"Devastatingly persuasive... Accomplished, rich and ambitious... [This novel] is hard to get out of your system." —Chicago Tribune
“A profoundly human story . . . Beautiful Inez is a novelistic liebestod that shimmers with humanity.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Passionate . . . Suspense derives from a single decision hanging in the air, unobtrusive at first but growing more urgent day by day.” —Los Angeles Times
“A memorable, risk-taking novel that gets the people, the time, and the place just right.” —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander