On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the century, a woman is drawn into a disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple - a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family's vacation home in Fortune's Rocks is transformed by the arrival of a doctor, a friend of her father's. She and the doctor - a married man, a father, and nearly three times her age - come together in an unthinkable, torturous, passionate affair. Throwing aside propriety and self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with cataclysmic results that are the price of straying in an unforgiving era. Fortune's Rocks is the story of Olympia's determination to reinvent her life - and claim the one thing she finds she cannot live without.
A meditation on the erotic life of women, an exploration of class prejudices, and most of all a portrayal of the thoughts and actions of an unforgettable young woman, Fortune's Rocks is a masterpiece of narrative drama, beautifully written by one of the most accomplished novelists of our time. Download and start listening now!