By Bart Schneider
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9781400054435, 368pp.)
Publication Date: March 7, 2006
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Inez Roseman, a noted beauty, has a charismatic husband, two bright children, and a successful career as a lead violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. On the surface, she is a woman with an enviable life. But since the birth of her second child, Inez has been plagued by a depression that’s been deepened by her husband’s philandering. Now, at forty, the violinist is obsessed with thoughts of suicide.
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.
Bart Schneider is the author of the novels Blue Bossa, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Secret Love, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He was the founding editor of the Hungry Mind Review (later Ruminator Review) and now edits Speakeasy magazine.
"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