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'Art Of Devotion' Is A Haunting Read

Originally Posted: June 30, 2010

Eileen Casey

Southampton - "The Art of Devotion" (Gallery Books, Trade Paperback Original; $15) is a haunting debut novel by Samantha Bruce-Benjamin. Filled with secrets, love, betrayal, obsession, and deceit, "The Art of Devotion" is a beautifully rendered window into one family's dark and complex history on an island in the Mediterranean Sea from the turn of the century until the late 1930s. Told from the shifting points of view of four women, the story explores the psychological effects and emotional damage within a family led by a matriarch who was tragically widowed too soon; the fragile, almost inappropriately close relationship between her son and daughter; and the reckless deceit of an outsider.

About The Author
Author Samantha Bruce-Benjamin was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she earned a master's degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She began her editorial career at Random House where she was privileged to assist such luminaries as Gore Vidal and Dame Muriel Spark, before becoming an editor at the BBC. She now lives in New York.

"The Art of Devotion" has just been included in the New York Examiner's Best Summer Books 2010 as one of the books to read this summer, and author Samantha Bruce-Benjamin will be on NPR's Roundtable on July 8. The book was also included in the Hampton Jitney giveaway to launch the Fourth of July holiday.

For more information go to www.samanthabrucebenjamin.com.

Gallery Books is an imprint dedicated to publishing a wide variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launching in February 2010, Gallery Books is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones - in both fiction and non-fiction, and across a variety of genres.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and non-fiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.




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