By Dawn Powell
Set in the 1940s, Powell's novel follows a young, reclusive writer who starts an affair with a famous playwright. He is swept into the literary world, but he somehow remains on the outside looking in. Powell's writing is bitter and funny, and very frank. My favorite quote from her is her description of this book: "One must cling to whatever remnants of love, friendship, or hope above and beyond reason that one has. For the enemy is all around ready to snatch it."