From American Book Award-winning author Elizabeth Nunez, a powerful
novel that explores an intricate lovers' triangle, the human thirst
for passion, and the myriad ways desire can betray those who have
fallen under its spell.
Descended from warriors and raised by missionaries, Oufoula is a
diplomat whose wealth and charm make him both publicly admired and
envied. From a tragic childhood he emerged a man who leads a
disciplined life of respect, married to Nerida, a woman he did not
want to deceive. But the beautiful Marguerite, a Jamaican-born
artist living in New York, makes him question what ideals he can
live by, and which values he can betray.
For twenty years, Oufoula has carried a secret in his heart, a
secret of his love for Marguerite. Though they have been separated
for two decades by Marguerite's call for propriety, Oufoula refuses
to let his desire wane. When the lovers are at last reunited, the
rekindling of their passion forces Oufoula to come to terms with
the core of his character: Is he willing to sacrifice his marriage,
his career, and the very foundations of the life he has struggled
to create, all for the love of one woman?
Oufoula's confession is adorned with the literature of his European
education, and shrouded by the spirits and responsibilities of
Africa. Caught between myth and reason, Oufoula reveals himself to
be a soul trapped in every way, who, like Faust, would bargain with
the devil for fulfillment . . . but was never offered any choice.
This is the portrait of a man who cannot be forgotten. A gripping,
masterfully crafted tale of love, deceit, and the human compulsion
for power, "Discretion" forces us to reconsider that
ever-compelling question: At what price passion?
"From the Hardcover edition."
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