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About the Book


In this novel of lifelong reckoning between two women, we meet Quin Archer, the revenge-loving queen of the reality-TV show “Payback.” Unbeknownst to her many fans, Quin was once an angry teen named Heidi, whose true story may be known only to Agnes, her art teacher at a private New England girls’ school in the 1970s. Then a young woman herself, Agnes saw a spark of originality in the brooding Heidi. But when she suggested that Heidi visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the girl returned with a disastrous account of having been picked up at the museum by an older man. Agnes’ stunned response will haunt both women for decades.

by Mary Gordon

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • ISBN-10: 1524749222
  • ISBN-13: 9781524749224