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When Clara Was Twelve

Clara

During a stay in Paris in 1957, an American girl Clara Foy learns that her mother Lauren had an illegitimate child when she was a teenager living in California. The little girl was immediately given up for adoption. For Lauren and her family, this was a scandalous event that has been kept a guarded secret until the present moment, when the lost little girl comes onto the scene, now a young Parisian woman named Emma Dusel. Her identity fills Clara with complicated expectations, especially when she learns that Emma’s resentment of Lauren and the abandonment she represents has almost destroyed Emma’s life. With the aid of Emma’s birth father, an Irish painter now living in Paris named Jack Roman, Clara attempts to bring about a reconciliation between her new sister and her mother. The effort puts Clara’s own relationship with her mother in jeopardy, the woman Clara loves more than anyone else.

This novel is the second in a trilogy. The first is My Father In The Night. When Clara Was Twelve is scheduled to be published in 2020.

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The Last of Nico Sombra

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Set principally in contemporary Buenos Aires, this completed novel tells of Nico Sombra, a gangster who has lifted himself from the poorest of beginnings to become one of the richest men in Argentina, and his love for the aristocratic Natalia Faustino. His rival, Facundo Dominguez, is an Argentine oligarch whose businesses are the stuff of South American entrepreneurial legend. He has aristocratic manners and a vivid presence, but we learn that Facundo is a dark, manipulative figure, once criminally influential to the military junta that ruled Argentina in the nineteen-seventies and eighties.

Argentina is a society that has always struggled with great class differences. Throughout The Last of Nico Sombra, the characters negotiate these differences, with often terrifying results. Natalia, in love with Nico and victimized by Facundo, is the figure that foments the ultimate disastrous rivalry between these men.

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The Moment Before

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Now being written, this novel tells of a renowned Parisian artist, Yvette Roman, now living in New York City, who is suddenly plagued by forgeries of her work. Is her lover the forger?

This novel is the third of the trilogy, to follow My Father In The Night and When Clara Was Twelve. 

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