On Sale: January 22, 2019
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When a drunken party guest challenges him to a late-night
tennis match, Sandy Allison finds himself unexpectedly
entangled in the monied world of Newport, Rhode Island. A
former touring pro a little down on his luck, Sandy has
nothing to stake against the vintage motorcycle his opponent
wagers. But then Alice DuPont—the young heiress to a Newport
mansion called Windermere—offers up her diamond necklace.
With this reckless wager begins a dazzling narrative odyssey
that braids together four centuries of aspiration and
adversity in this renowned seaside society capital. A witty
and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk
scheme to marry into a fortune; a young Henry James, soon to
make his mark on the world, turns himself to his craft with
harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British
officer during the American Revolution carries on a
courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport’s earliest
days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way
forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited.
Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a
rich, brilliant tapestry. A deftly layered novel of love,
ambition, and duplicity, The Maze at Windermere
charts a voyage across the ages into the maze of the
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