Twelve-year-old Sarah Jacob was the most famous of the Victorian fasting girls, who claimed to miraculously survive without food. She served as a flashpoint between struggling religious, scientific, and political factions. In this novel based on Sarah's life and premature death, an American journalist leaves her home and children to travel to Wales, where she investigates Sarah's case by becoming the young girl's friend and confidante. Unable to prevent the girl's tragic decline while doctors, nurses, and a local priest keep watch, she documents the curious family dynamic, the trial that convicted Sarah's parents, and an era's hysterical need to both believe and destroy Sarah's seemingly miraculous power.
A novel about the relationship between Tanaquil Le Clercq and George Balanchine, told from her point of view. Balanchine was the greatest ballet master of the 20th century, and Le Clercq, a brilliant ballerina who contracted polio at the height of her career, was his fifth wife.
This sublimely written novel takes on large issues such as illness, race, family relations, and the varieties of human love. Honesty and compassion inform every page, and there are passages so musical and full of grace they read like hymns. Reading groups should rejoice at this book.
--Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind
A bittersweet elegy of three actor friends facing the realities of their dreams.
Set in the Hamptons and New York City, this novel tells the story of a woman's liberation from an abusive marriage.
“ ...O’Connor has put together a story about loss, betrayal, growing up and the often-peculiar nature of relationships. If that sounds like a lot for one novel, maybe it is... But this book works anyway, simply because O’Connor’s many-faceted, carefully wrought characters are absolutely compelling.”