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Gillian is a senior at a small New England collge. She is infatuated with her professor, Andre Harrow, and even though she knows that he has a history of becoming involved with his female students she works her way into his life and becomes facinated by his anti-establishment ideas, his artist wife, Dorcas, and the Bohemian lifestyle that they enjoy. Gillian embarks on an affair with both Andre and Dorcas, and she enters their strange, manipulative world of sexual games and power struggles. They seem to be predators and she becomes their prey. Meanwhile, someone has been setting fires all over the college campus. Gillian feels a connection to these crimes that she can't explain. As her relationship with the Harrows intensifies it becomes unclear who is actually preying on whom.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   college Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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