From acclaimed author Richard North Patterson comes a sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous summer of 1968.
America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane - spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.
Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the all-American Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be.
But the Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for.
As Ben's presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted family tensions to a dangerous head. And soon Whitney's set-in-stone future becomes far from satisfactory, and her picture-perfect family far from pretty.
Loss of Innocence (2013) is a prequel to Fall of Grace (2012) - the second volume in a planned trilogy.
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"Patterson's latest offers up an appealing family drama set against the backdrop of a radically tumultuous and influential time." - Booklist
"The result resembles nothing so much as a minor John O'Hara book, concerned, as that author's work usually was, with notions of class, personal and political change, and, most of all, heartbreak." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. A title that is dripping with summer diversions, youthful passion and ideals, class tensions, and familial disruptions makes for wonderful reading whatever the season." - Library Journal
"Patterson's family drama thrives on the expected... Patterson writes a family saga of class and money, power and pretense, love and loyalty. Think The Thorn Birds or Rich Man, Poor Man among the Martha's Vineyard moneyed set." - Kirkus
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Richard North Patterson was born on February 22, 1947 in Berkeley,
California. He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and graduated from Ohio
Wesleyan University in 1968. In 1971 he graduated Case Western Reserve Law
School and went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of
Ohio. He was a partner in several of the countrys leading law firms and
also served as the liaison for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to
the Watergate Special Prosecutor.
He started writing at the age of 29 when he had completed law school. He began his first book, The Lasko Tangent, as part of a creative writing course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category "Best First Mystery ...
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