Jessica Levine is the author of The Geometry of Love, a Booklist Top 10 Women’s Fiction Title (2015), and Delicate Pursuit: Discretion in Henry James and Edith Wharton, as well as several translations from French and Italian. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The Huffington Post and The Southern Review. She lives in Northern California.
Self-doubting Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother’s dinner dates—until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate—and from her future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates, where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find strength and her own way in the world.