"A compelling tale with a magnetic protagonist... A lushly savage scrutiny of the mores of New York society's circle of wealth and privilege in the 1890's.";Kirkus Reviews "Excellent characterization and a well-constructed, believable plot make this first-rate historical fiction.";Library Journal "Expertly crafted, a finely constructed portrayal of life in the United States at the end of the 19th century... Rich in historical period detail ... Kavaler creates an unforgettable and provocative novel of a scandalously disturbing time... First-rate historical fiction.";Greenwich Times "I enjoyed it tremendously. The research is marvelous. For anyone who likes to read about the rich -- this book will be a treat."; Thomas Fleming, best-selling novelist, Loyalties, The Officer's Wives "A brilliantly conceived book by the literary world's peerless authority on America's `Upper Crust' ... Ms. Kavaler is truly the successor to Edith Wharton, Henry James, and Louis Auchincloss.";Jerry O'Connell, Book Critic, WBAI.