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.
In 1940, innocent young John Milk accepts a job as an assistant to Dr. Alfred Kinsey, an Indiana University zoologist who has taken up the study of human sexuality, and takes part, along with his beautiful wife, in a series of sexual experiments that become ever more uninhibited. 75,000 first printing.
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxane Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.