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Loss of Innocence

Loss of Innocence

June, 1968. America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane – spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha’s Vineyard – life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.

Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the patrician Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be.

But the Vineyard’s still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic young man, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for.

As Ben’s presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted Dane tensions to a dangerous head. And soon Whitney’s set-in-stone future becomes far from satisfactory, and her picture-perfect family far from pretty.

A sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings, set during the most consequential summer of recent American history.

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 31st July 2013

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781782064084

Reviews

'Like male novelists of the 19th century, Richard North Patterson actually looks at the world through a woman's eyes. He tells us the story of a girl born into a derived identity, and her path toward who she is and what she wants' Gloria Steinem.
Gloria Steinem
'A snapshot of America at a pivotal moment in history, and a beautifully written coming-of-age novel' Lady Antonia Fraser.
Lady Antonia Fraser
'A stunning tour de force by one of my favorite novelists. This coming-of-age story electrifies with the authenticity of the Sixties - the sex, politics, language, mores and music ... Richard North Patterson, always brilliant, is better than ever' Linda Fairstein.
Linda Fairstein
'An extraordinary novel - profound, emotionally involving and totally addictive. This may be Richard North Patterson's best work: surprising and different, yet with the same ability to penetrate the minds of others - especially women, which is a rare gift' Stephen Fry.
Stephen Fry