Maze at Windermere (Smith)

The Maze at Windermere 
Gregory Blake Smith, 2018
Penguin Publishing
352 pp.

A richly layered novel of love, ambition, and duplicity, set against the storied seascape of Newport, Rhode Island
A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest—the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress’s diamond necklace—launches a narrative odyssey that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity.

  • A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune;
  • a young writer soon to make his mark 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;
  • a tragically orphaned Quaker girl, in Newport’s earliest days, imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited.

In The Maze at Windermere Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart. (From the publisher.)

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