Caleb Crain is the author of American Sympathy, a study of friendship between men in early American literature. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and n+1. His novel Necessary Errors will be published in 2013.
Harriet comes of age between the wars. Shes not especially charming or attractive, but she has one passion in her life: Vesey. Nothing, not marriage to another man, or motherhood, will change that. Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth.—Sarah Waters