Recently married, a young couple—Florence, a talented musician and shy daughter of an aloof Oxford academic and a successful businessman, and Edward an earnest history student with little experience of women—looks forward to the future, but cannot help but worry about their upcoming wedding night. By the author of Atonement. 200,000 first printing.
In the wake of the 2003 Academy Awards, a group of friends and family gathers in the Hollywood hills for ten transformative days of love, memories, gossip, movies, and more, including Max, an Oscar-winning writer/director whose career is waning; his lover Elena; his ex-wife, film star Zoe Cunningham; their daughter Isabel; and others. 150,000 first printing.
Traveling to Rome to join her husband, Mira Ward has a fateful encounter with Zenin, an intriguing Italian billionaire whom she meets on the plane, and becomes caught up in an affair that exposes the cracks in her marriage and her own sense of self.
Reduced to living in the remote country house of his largest collector and serving as caretaker for his volatile and childlike brother Hugh, Michael "Butcher" Boone, a once famous painter, finds his delicately balanced world undermined by the arrival of an enigmatic young woman named Marlene who sets in motion a series of events that will forever alter all of their lives. 75,000 first printing.
The lives of the privileged but dissatisfied inhabitants of an elite suburb outside Washington, D.C., intertwine in mischievous, meddlesome, and contrary ways as Barbara finds new meaning in sobriety, a new job, and the attentions of a new man and her husband's scheming ex-mistress, Jolene, copes with the loss of her own husband. 50,000 first printing.