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A riveting tale from the author of The Orphanmaster about a wild girl from Nevada who lands in Manhattans Gilded Age society
Jean Zimmermans new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.
Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Whartonera Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girls illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.
Zimmermans tale is narrated by the Delegates son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self-dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrativea love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fableis his confession.