Overlook, Oct 2004, 26.95, 710 pp.
In the late 1902s, the House of Lytton publishing company is one of the world leaders. Oliver and Celia run the firm from London, but also have successful branches in New York and Paris. Their late teen twin daughters Adele and Venetia enjoy the fruits of growing up in an affluent forward thinking family. Their brother Giles is angry that his parents force him to work his way up the chain even at an escalated pace rather than start at the top where he feels he belongs. Their adopted brother Barty Miller was raised by the Lyttons.
The winds of change blow across Europe in the 1930s as the Nazis come into power. The House of Lytton is in financial trouble even as the family go their separate ways. Adele and much of the family are in Paris while Venetia resides in London trying to keep a shaky marriage together. However, it is Barty living and working in New York who brings hope that the House of Lytton might weather the Nazi blitzkrieg.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner