About the Author
William Styron (1925-2006), born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation. Styron published his first book, "Lie Down in Darkness", at age twenty-six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Confessions of Nat Turner" and the international bestseller "Sophie's Choice".
ALEXANDRA STYRON is the author of the novel "All the Finest Girls" and a graduate of Barnard College and the MFA program at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", "Vanity Fair", "Financial Times" and the "Wall Street Journal", among other publications, and she has taught memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, NY.
Immediately impressive...the sense of the striking scene...the fine ear for dialogue, the sharp observation of cities and scenery and interiors."
-- The New York Times Book Review
Three Americans converge in an Italian village shortly after World War II. One is a naive Southern lawyer. One is a rough-edged artist with a fatal penchant for alcohol. And one is a charming and priapic aristocrat who may be the closest thing possible to pure wickedness in an age that has banished the devil along with God. Out of their collective alchemy William Styron has crafted an electrifying and deeply unsettling novel of rape, murder, and suicide -- a work with a Dostoevskian insight into the dreadful persuasiveness of evil.