- "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
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