At the Venice Biennale, an aspiring assistant curator from the Midwest
meets Bernard Augustin, the wealthy, enigmatic founder of the Nauk, a
cutting-edge art museum on Cape Cod. It’s been two years since the
tragic death of the Nauk’s chief curator, Augustin’s childhood friend
and muse, Alena. When Augustin offers the position to our heroine (who,
like du Maurier’s original, remains nameless) she dives at the
chance—and quickly finds herself well out of her depth.
echoes with phantoms of the past—a past obsessively preserved by the
museum’s business manager and the rest of the staff. Their devotion to
the memory of the charismatic Alena threatens to stifle the new
curator’s efforts to realize her own creative vision, and her every move
mires her more deeply in artistic, erotic, and emotional entanglements.
When new evidence calls into question the circumstances of Alena’s
death, her loyalty, integrity, and courage are put to the test, and
shattering secrets surface.
Stirring and provocative, Alena
is the result of a delicious visitation of one of the most popular
novels of the twentieth century by a brilliant and inventive novelist of
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