A Novel by Harriet Lane
A SUSPENSEFUL, ASSURED LIERARY DEBU HAEXPLORES HE DARK SIDE OF DESIRE AND AMBIION HROUGH ONE WOMAN’S UNLIKELY ENRY INO ANELIE WORLD AND A DESINY OF HER OWN DESIGN
ON A BIER WINER’ S NIGH, Frances Torpe comesupon the atermath o a car crash and, while comorting the dyingdriver, Alys Kyte, hears her fnal words. Te wie o a celebratednovelist, Alys moved in rarefed circles, and when Frances agreesto meet the bereaved amily, she glimpses a world entirely oreignto her: cultured, wealthy, and privileged. While slowly orginga riendship with Alys’s carelessly charismatic daughter, Francesfnds her own lie takes a dramatic turn, propelling her rom ananonymous existence as an assistant editor or the books sectiono a newspaper to the dizzying heights o literary society. With her unorgettable protagonist, author Harriet Lane drawsreaders into a tightly paced tale that careens towards an auda-cious ending. ransfxing, insightul, and unsettling, Alys, Alwaysdrops us into the mind o an enigmatic young woman whose per-spective on a glamorous world also shines a light on those on theoutside who would risk all to become part o it.