Constance : a novel / Patrick McGrath.
Author: McGrath, Patrick, 1950-
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
ISBN: 9781608199433 (hbk.)
Description: 229 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Fathers and daughters Fiction.
Problem families Fiction.
Family secrets Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Summary: "The cool, beautiful Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan in the early 1960s. At a literary party, she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior. Sidney is a single father with a poor marital record, and he pursues Constance with relentless determination. Eventually she surrenders, accepts his marriage proposal, and moves, with some dread, into his dark, book-filled apartment. She can't settle in. She's tortured by memories of the bitterly unhappy childhood she spent with her father in a dilapidated house upstate. When she learns devastating new information about that past, Constance's fragile psyche suffers a profound shock. Her marriage, already tottering, threatens to collapse completely"--Amazon.com.