Author(s): MCDONNELL Adrienne
It is 1903; Dr Ravell is a young, Harvard-trained obstetrician whose reputation for helping couples conceive has made him a rising star. He has treated women from all walks of Boston society, but when Ravell meets Erika--an opera singer whose talent and beauty make a dazzling combination--he knows their doctor-patient relationship will be like none he has ever had. Especially because Erika is married. What ensues is a passionate affair which traverses snowy Boston, to the islands and jungles of South America where colonialism rules, to a geranium-covered terrace in Florence. In this unforgettable story of obsession, longing and tragedy, of ruined and resurrected lives, Erika must make a choice from which she might never recover.
'Filled with frank sexuality and astonishing emotional intimacy, THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA pulls you in and doesn't let go. This haunting and heartbreaking novel flows seamlessly from the medical consulting rooms of Boston to the opera stages of Italy and to the lush plantations of the Caribbean, sweeping you into a riveting story of complex individuals struggling with multi-layered passions and unflagging dreams' Lauren Belfer
This is Adrienne McDonnell's first novel. It was inspired by her ancestor, a woman who deserted her wealthy husband and young son in Boston to pursue her art in Italy. Adrienne has taught literature and fiction writing, and lives in San Francisco.