Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with.
An exploration of female identity in an age when the old definitions - as some man's daughter/wife/mother - no longer apply, fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, none
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/05/1994
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340581230