"Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him...
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
356 pages ; 24 cm
Four best friends--Lucy, whose marriage is crumbling; Sarah, an actress in danger of losing her socialite standing; Billy, an aspiring cuisine artist; and Lotta, a party-girl art dealer--endure a sweltering Manhattan summer marked by self-destructiveness and the end of their carefree years.