Nina, a fragile young woman, leaves her secure marriage and moves to New York City. There she finds insight into the workings of her mind through an illicit relationship with Benjamin, a self-destructive painter.

Discovering the world of psychoanalysis, they experience the depths of love and loss.



Sara Hess Roney has written a haunting portrait of a young woman in both inner and outer turmoil. Nina, a recent transplant from Texas to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, along with her young daughter, is caught between her semi-estranged husband, a disturbed lover, and an aloof analyst–three men who by turns control, enthrall, and ignore her. Her struggle to find emotional stability and the strength to begin a new path will resonate with readers who remember the difficulties of young adulthood. Roselee Blooston

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