A haunting novel of enchanted youth, with dark undertiones that recall James's Turn of the Screw. Using footnotes, quotations, and other scholarly devices, Bayer layers her tale, to delightful effect. Two clever researchers have accumulated the letters and artifacts of novelist Emma Forster in order to reconstruct the lusty and licentious lives of the Forster family.

City of Childhood 1992, St. Martin's Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780312069261