Elizabeth and Betsy knew each other as school children. When they meet again in later life, one is safely married, the other most unsafely partnered. They discover that what they have in common is the same capacity for making dangerous choices. Their willingness to implement these choices reveals the fate that was spelled out in their very different characters from the start.
Anita Brookner trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. She has written a number of books on art history, and nineteen novels, including the 1984 Booker Prize winner, "Hotel du Lac," She lives in London.