1976, Simon and Schuster
This is the story of Stephanie, whose life we follow from
her extraordinary childhood in France, through her father's
mysterious disappearance, her emigration with her mother to
America, her private schooling in New York, her tempestuous
sexual relationship with a European nobleman, her marriage to
an American, her children, and ultimately, her liberation.
"A novel of extraordinary richness and power. Sensual,
witty, vividly evocative in every sentence. A fine book which
achieves the real texture of life so often absent from fiction,
and as such is not only entirely satisfying but resonantly memorable"
"This is one of those rare books that rises in intensity
as it progresses. It is terrific. It is a particularly naked
"Lovers and Tyrants is at once a densely written novel
and a provocation to the inner chaos which passes for family,
social, and sexual order. A compelling read and a challenge
to both men and women caught on the flypaper of consciousness
in this time."
"Complex, challenging, beautifully written. Her portraits
of persons are powerful stuff. An extraordinary novel."
-Doris Grumbach, Chicago Tribune Book World
"Passionate and engaged. In an elegant prose, developing
scenes and characters generously and with a sensuous attention
to detail, Gray fashions her heroine's story"
-Peter Prescott, Newsweek