When Irina - Romanian by birth but brought up by American parents who have never understood her - arrives at college she quickly abandons ordinary student life for an affair with an older, mysterious Romanian man named Andrei.
Andrei awakens a powerful sensuality in Irina. And he has money - lots of it. Irina is free. But the longer she stays with Andrei, the more she is certain that she can´t leave, and that may be complicit in Andrei´s work - whatever that ´work´ might be. Then an unexpected friendship with a young Romanian bride opens the door to escape, and also revenge.
Elena Shapiro was born and raised in Paris. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MFA in fiction from Mills College, and an MA in comparative literature from the University from California, Davis. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband.