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The Maze at Windermere

by Gregory Blake Smith

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The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
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    Jan 2018, 352 pages

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Gregory Blake Smith weaves five intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart.

First impressions can be deceiving. Take in the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island, and the casual tourist gets a peek at the level of opulence that made the resort town once wear the moniker, "The Venice of America." The DuPonts, the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families made Newport their summer home and their luxurious mansions are popular attractions even today.

By diving into the lives of the latter-generation DuPont family, The Maze at Windermere confirms a commonly held narrative about Newport being for movers and shakers. But it also peels the dazzling veneer off, traveling back and forth in time, centuries apart, to reveal a more rounded picture of the seaside town through the ages.

There are five different stories unspooling along parallel threads: in somewhat contemporary 2011, a professional tennis player who has lost his mojo, Sandy Alison, is trying to find himself...

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