An intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach’s lush Venetian Islands puzzling out the problems of loneliness and erotic love as she translates Ovid’s stories of sex.
A central narrative about her sexual past and present, as well as the comic goings-on in her faded-glamour condo, is broken by brief ruminations on the origins of erotic love and modern re-imaginings of Ovid. The tone is wry, and Miami Beach—especially the Venetian Islands—with all of its steamy silliness and impossibly beautiful flora and fauna, plays a big role. It is in this lush backdrop that our heroine ponders her retirement from love, even as she is befriended by a woman in the building who is making far more grave decisions.
The author has published three previous novels (with FSG and Harcourt) including THE LOVE-ARTIST; a memoir (HMH) called THE SISTERS ANTIPODES; and, most recently, CHANGE ME, translations of Ovid (Oxford). She directs the creative writing program at UVA.