In an elite college in a once-decaying New England city,
Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he
has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must extract
himself from his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose
papers are always late and too long yet always incandescent. But Maud is a
young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and their
union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.
As in Robert Stone’s most acclaimed novels, here he conjures
a complex moral universe where nothing is black and white, even if the
characters—always complicated, always compelling—wish it were. The stakes of
Brookman and Maud’s relationship prove higher than either one could have
anticipated, pitting individuals against one another and against the institutions
meant to protect them.
Death of the
Black-Haired Girl is a powerful tale of infidelity, accountability, the
allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is
everywhere, in plain sight. Download and start listening now!