By Richard North Patterson
No 1 New York Times best-selling writer Richard North Patterson, writer of greater than twenty novels, together with Degree of Guilt and Silent Witness, returns with a sweeping family members drama of darkish secrets and techniques and person awakenings.
Loss of Innocence, the moment booklet within the Blaine trilogy, "in one lifetime of the Nineteen Sixties, symbolizes a move that retains altering all our lives" (Gloria Steinem) in "a richly-layered examine the lack of innocence not just between his characters yet that which the United States misplaced as a nation." (Martha's winery Times) "An striking novel--profound, emotionally regarding and completely addictive," stated actor and writer Stephen Fry, "this might be Richard North Patterson's top work."
In 1968 the US is in turmoil, engulfed in civil unrest and in the course of an unpopular warfare. but for Whitney Dane--spending the summer time of her twenty-first yr on Martha's winery, making plans a September marriage ceremony to her good-looking and both privileged fiance--life couldn't be more secure, nor the long run extra certain.
trained at Wheaton, quickly to be married, and the youngest daughter of the patrician Dane relatives, Whitney has every thing she has ever sought after, and is every little thing her doting father, Wall road titan Charles Dane, wishes her to be: clever, brilliant, predictable. still, Whitney's nascent disquiet approximately society and her capability position in it truly is powerfully influenced by way of the forces reworking the nation.
The Vineyard's nonetheless waters are disturbed via the looks of Benjamin Blaine, an underprivileged, but fiercely formidable and charismatic determine who labored as an aide to the lately slain Bobby Kennedy. Ben's presence speeds up Whitney's starting to be highbrow independence, conjures up her to query long-held truths approximately her kinfolk, and stirs her sexual interest. It additionally brings deep-rooted tensions in the Dane extended family to a deadly head. quickly, Whitney's destiny turns out some distance much less safe, and her excellent kinfolk way more human, than she ever can have suspected.
An said grasp of the court mystery, Patterson's Blaine trilogy, a daring and impressive departure from his previous novels, is a posh relatives drama pulsing with the tumult of the time and "dripping with summer time diversions, younger ardour and beliefs, classification tensions, and familial disruptions." (Library Journal)
From the Hardcover edition.