A little village on the Italian coast. . . . Richard Burton's illegitimate child . . . a mad Hollywood producer . . . the set of Cleopatra . . . the result of a lifelong, unrequited love . . . a lie with decades of ramifications . . . an aspiring but failing novelist . . . all these strands and more, in the hands of a masterful writer, make this one of those novels you can't wait to tell your friends about. Do, I beg you, read it AT ONCE!