- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Sarabande Books (August 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941411290
- ISBN-13: 978-1941411292
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ermelino has a slightly distant but deeply tender way of negotiating these terrains: Here, for instance, a young woman, Christina, finds herself at a posh party in the mansion of the raddled multi millionaire playboy, Huntington Hartford.
"She sat down and Huntington Hartford took her hand in his. He was an old man and Christina felt sorry for him but what could she do? And then he leaned close to her and said, 'Tell me a secret.'
'OK,' she said.
'Good,' he said, 'begin,' and he put his head back against the sofa and closed his eyes.
'I was in Greece,' Christina began. 'And I was pregnant with this baby that I never wanted but I was going to have it anyway. I was going to have it and raise it somewhere in Europe with my friend Robin. She had convinced me we could do it... The baby was a secret. No one but Robin and I knew about it....'
'Christina thought he wasn't listening, that he might have fallen asleep or nodded off, but then he said...'
'And this Robin?'
She was my best friend.
'You were lovers?'
Christina poked him in the ribs. 'You only get one secret,'she said"
Fortunately for us, Ermelino tells us many secrets.
that explore hidden currents of trust and betrayal.
moving through worlds