"A remarkable debut ..."
“A remarkable debut that reinvents, elaborates and extends into the late 20th century the story Puccini made famous in Madama Butterfly.
“Woodley Sharpless—orphan, cripple, closeted homosexual—is a noted biographer. He guides us through the life story of Ben “Trouble” Pinkerton. Trouble is the apt name for a man who makes a scene on the periphery of history. Trouble is the only son of the Pinkertons. Sen. Pinkerton could have been president. Kate, his wife, is a Manville, daughter of a dynastic political family. This is Sharpless’ story as well. Trouble’s parents, well meaning, controlling and weary of publicity, enlist Sharpless as a minder for their wayward son. We think we know Trouble, the man who has everything, who refuses to grow up, who lives a life without consequences but is nonetheless given opportunities.”