In 1878, young Satterwhite attends Yale University in the hope he will discover what life holds for fellows with sharp aesthetic senses. He is unprepared to meet his assigned art teacher, Professor Doriskos Klionarios. The pair are so dissimilar: young and old, the youngest apple from a grand old tree of progenitors and a foreigner who will never be a fine Englishman. But the tumultuous love affair scorned by their society is a gilded construct between one believing himself ready to know real love and a willing partner who understands that what the heart sees it cannot forget; better to acquiesce to desire. And so the pale Satterwhite and the bewhiskered Greek professor abandon Yale University during the 1880s and find themselves fleeing those who would deny true love as they travel to rural West Virginia and finally to the haunts of the jaded British aristocracy.
“Argiri provides an enchanting menagerie of bullies and villains, friends and mentors. And her pair of lovers are as memorable as Mary Renault’s Alexander and Bagoas. Many readers should be delighted by this haunting blend of melodrama and fancy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Argiri understands the way intellectual gay men in the late 19th century thought and felt.”—David Leavitt for the Los Angeles Times
“Art professor Doriskos Klionarios looks and sculpts like a Greek god. His teenage student, Simion Satterwhite, has a faunlike beauty and a genius for math. Their true love triumphs over child abuse, anorexia, homophobia, censorship, and the violence of bigots. This lush, effusive work [has] some satiric bite.”—Entertainment Weekly
“If a novel’s worth can be measured by the power and verity of the emotions it instills in the reader, then Argiri’s approaches the divine. It transforms and moves the spirit as modern fiction should and so seldom does, describing a love story with such true emotion that the heart aches reading it.”—Booklist