You can't give a book featuring sisters with the last name Schuyler to an obsessed Hamilton fan without them getting this song in their head. (Deja vu from last week's "Theodosia" post?) However, the Schuyler sisters in Beatriz Williams' novel, Along the Infinite Sea, are NOT living in the time of the American Revolution and are NOT named Angelica, Eliza, or Peggy. This novel takes place in the 1960s, just like Tiny Little Thing, and features Pepper Schuyler, whose sisters are named Vivian and Christina. We're celebrating Along the Infinite Sea's paperback publication this week, and thanks to Berkley, we have a copy to give away.
Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at an auction, she thinks she’s finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.
But the car's new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light. ALONG THE INFINITE SEA weaves the details of Pepper’s mid-60’s predicament with Annabelle’s coming of age in France in the thirties, from her first kiss and profound love affair with a German Jew, to her marriage to a Nazi military attaché and a terrifying escape from Europe. Brimming with indomitable heroines and power-hungry politicians, Williams’s tale recreates both eras vividly, with decadent French villas, glittering Mediterranean yachts, and sultry nights in the glamorous Paris Ritz Hotel, as well as Florida’s sprawling seaside mansions and Georgia’s evocative Cumberland Island.
Three decades apart, these intrepid women find themselves trapped in situations that would crush weaker souls. But as Annabelle reminds Pepper, “Honey, you always have a choice. The trick is making the right one.” But in the midst of mounting political and cultural pressure, will either woman choose wisely? Reckless soul mate or faithful husband on the wrong side of history? Chart a frightening unknown path or cave to convention? With its thrilling plot twists and international intrigue, ALONG THE INFINITE SEA keeps readers guessing until the final pages. The result is an irresistible tapestry of romance, politics, and the bittersweet legacy of secrets and sacrifice.
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