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Katherine Mosby


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In Twilight, award-winning novelist and poet Katherine Mosby weaves the unforgettable story of a woman's sexual and political awakening, in Paris, on the verge of World War II. Mosby, whose prose Time called rich and accomplished, evokes in Twilight a complex moment in history seen through the prism of a poignant love story.

By breaking off her engagement to an emotionally remote fianc , Lavinia Gibbs avoids a stifling marriage -- but outrages her socially prominent family, who fear she has consigned herself to spinsterhood. Instead she sails for Europe to begin the process of rebuilding her life. Ever practical, Lavinia makes a new home in Paris, where she determines she needs more than beautiful architecture and entr e with the expats to make a full life. Lavinia wisely adds into the mix a pug and employment, but it is not until she meets the charming, enigmatic, and long-married Gaston Lesseur that she begins an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and sacrifice that will change her irrevocably.

With luminous prose, Mosby examines the emotional landscape of adultery while creating a powerful yet poignant depiction of a woman's unlikely blossoming. Unlike Flaubert's Madame Bovary, for whom adultery provided escape from an unfulfilling marriage, Lavinia Gibbs longs for the domestic and the luxury of the quotidian in an increasingly precarious world. Mosby creates in Twilight a story that will resonate with readers long after they have finished this book.

Praise For Twilight

“Mosby writes with fluid grace…her images are magical.”

“Readers who appreciate poetic language and psychologically complex portraits…will savor this.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Captivating...Lovely language and lively characters.”

“A deceptively simple and tender novel...the story of a young American woman who (risks) everything for illicit love.”
-Seattle Times

“...finely wrought prose and unexpectedly moving portrait of a woman who loses her privileges and finds herself.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Mosby has a true storyteller’s voice.”
-Boston Globe

“Lyrical . . . moody, atmospheric . . . rich with a sense of longing . . . dark, seductive and worth visiting.”
-People (Three stars)

“Tremendously ambitious...and impressive.”
-The New Yorker

“Intensely romantic. . . . Beautiful, full of rich, carefully chosen metaphors.”
-Washington Post Book World

“Impeccably rendered...Elegant, perceptive prose...Eloquence is paired with incisive content.”
-The Economist

HarperCollins, 9780066212715, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2005