A riveting tale from the author of The Orphanmaster about a wild girl from Nevada who lands in Manhattan' s Gilded Age society Jean Zimmerman' s new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society. Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton- era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl' s illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered. Zimmerman' s tale is narrated by the Delegate' s son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self-dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative-- a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable-- is his confession.
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"Narrator Edoardo Ballerini waltzes listeners through New York City society as ZimmermanÕs macabre tale of civility and violence unfolds. Wealthy Hugo Delegate stands accused of serial murder. He does not proclaim his innocence, however, fearing that the true culprit is his adopted sister, Bronwyn, a ÒsavageÓ girl raised in the Nevada wilderness. Distinctive voicings of the braggarts and businessmen, socialites and sinners associated with this story make HugoÕs extended account vividly clear for listeners. Gradually, Ballerini alters Hugo's characterization, deliciously hinting that Hugo may be the ultimate unreliable narrator. During the trial, Ballerini narrates HugoÕs long-winded defense at a brisk clip. A master of phrasing, Ballerini tightens the descriptive passages while lingering over HugoÕs dreamy musings. Subtle yet powerful, his elegant style works well. C.A. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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