An American family romance that neither Freud nor James M. Cain could have imagined. A brother and sister unite to search for a mysterious lost father—once a famous fashion model known as The Arrow Collar man. They begin a cross country journey with the sister’s boyfriend, forming a dangerous triad. Following “erotic undercurrents” (New York Times), and crossing secret boundaries, they find the missing patriarch to confront him, learning to face the truth about their regrets and mistaken desires.
“In Maria Flook’s jolting first novel. . . three lost souls drag, goad and tease one another to the very brink of emotional catastrophe. . .Flook has written a fierce, nervous and highly accomplished novel.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A potent, richly realized novel. . .revealing hearts tormented by regret and desire. . .her style is spare, subtle, ethereal and erotic.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Maria Flook’s debut as a novelist, reminds me of Knife in the Water, Roman Polanski’s first film. . .both are kept on the edge by an unremitting, underlying erotic current.”
— Stuart Dybek