2004, Paperback, 240 pp., Picador USA

“I loved it. The writing is superb, and the tension Morris creates between Andrea and Loretta keeps the reader anxious – a beautiful example of the thread of literary suspense.”
– Anita Shreve

A riveting, psychologically complex story of female friendship, ATR and obsession. When a young painter becomes the neighbor of a world-class novelist with writer’s block, to one another they become both muse and menace.


It is a fall morning and Andrea is getting ready to set out with her dogs. Opening her window, she takes a deep breath. There is a crispness in the air, the smell of burning. Horse chestnuts are on the ground. Her dogs whine at her feet, anxious to be off, but she ignores them. Today she is not in a hurry. She isn’t heading out as the sky is turning pale. Already it is a light.