By Valerie Martin
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400095513, 288pp.
Publication Date: September 23, 2008
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Two women, Chloe Dale, an artist comfortably ensconced in bucolic suburbia, and Salome Drago, a wily, seductive refugee from a country that no longer exists, confront each other in a Manhattan restaurant, and the battle lines are drawn. Toby Dale, son of the artist and ardent suitor of the refugee, is in no position to choose sides. Outside, the drumbeats for the impending invasion of Iraq drown out all argument, and those who object will soon be reduced to standing in the street. The story of two families—suspicious, territorial, naïve in their confidence that they are free of the past—Trespass unfolds with commanding force. It is a bracing, tender novel for the 21st century.
“Brilliant and seductive.” —People (four stars)“Martin is an expert at combining simmering menace with a cool, merciless irony.” —Salon“Arresting. . . . Trespass is a literary treasure hiding in plain sight.”—Chicago Tribune “A wickedly diverting novel about the storm-driven erosion of Fortress America.”—Los Angeles Times “Mesmerizing. . . . a war novel that gives you a glimpse of what war might really mean. . . . Trespass revels in truth.” —The Washington Post Book World