Rivalries, temptations, and betrayals collide in "this sharp-eyed novel of the art world" by a New York Times bestselling author (The New Yorker).
Edward Darby has everything a man hopes for: meaningful work, and a loving wife and daughter. With a rising career as a partner at an esteemed gallery, he strives not to let ambition, money, power, and his dark past corrode the sanctuary of his domestic and private life. Influenced by his father, a brilliant Romantics scholar, Edward has always been more of a purist than an opportunist. But when a celebrated artist controlled by her insecurities betrays him, and a beautiful sculptor stirs his heart—and his secrets—Edward becomes unmoored from his marriage, his career, and the memory of his beloved father.
As the finalist of an important prize is announced, and desperate artists maneuver to seek its validation, Edward learns that treachery comes in many forms, and that he's hurtling toward an act that challenges his own notions about what comprises a life worth living.
"Jill Bialosky "takes the prize" (Vanity Fair) in this compelling odyssey of a man unhinged by his ideals. Delivering "the kind of intrigue you will read late into the night" (New York Journal of Books), it is also " a graceful, quite novel that . . . glows with insight" (New York Times Sunday Book Review, Editor's Choice).