Saturday, August 11, 2012


New from Viking: Cascade: A Novel by Maryanne O'Hara.

About the book, from the publisher:

During the 1930s, an artist and reluctant new wife struggles to reconcile her heart's ambitions with the promises she has made.

Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935: Desdemona Hart Spaulding was an up and coming Boston artist when she abandoned her dreams of working in New York City, and married in haste to provide a home for her ailing father. Two months later, her father has died, and Dez is trapped in her marriage to Asa, a reliable and decent man, but one who is eager to start a family. Dez also stands to lose her father's legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theatre, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir.

Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist for whom Dez feels an immediate and strong attraction. As their relationship reaches a pivotal moment, a man is found dead and the town accuses Jacob, a Jewish outsider. But the tide turns when Dez's idea for a series of painted postcards is picked up by The American Sunday Standard and she abruptly finds herself back on the path to independence. New York City and a life with Jacob both beckon, but what will she have to give up along the way?
Visit Maryanne O'Hara's website.