Saffie is a German living in Paris in the 1950s who works for a musician, Raphael. Raphael falls desperately in love with Saffie while she appears strangely aloof. They have a child together, but when Saffie meets Marias, their lives fall apart and Saffie’s haunted past comes to light.
This is Huston at her best. While I read this novel more than a decade ago, the tale has always remained embedded in my memory — a sure sign of an exceptional story.