Nadine has always wanted her daughter Maud to be married and off her hands. When the two women are staying at Nadine's sister's house near Meaux, they become part of a sophisticated group into which neither Maud nor Edward Harrison, a young visitor from England, seems to fit. Maud is swept off her feet by stylish, irresponsible David Tyler, who robs her of her innocence. Edward, forced into adulthood - and a career - by his inheritance of a bookshop, takes Maud into his care. But for both of them the shadow of Tyler is always there, illuminating their feelings of inadequacy, disappointment and loss.
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Helen Dunmore, Observer