A Quiet Adjustment by Benjamin Markovits
A Novel

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“A first-rate example of a literary historical novel.”—Regan Upshaw, San Francisco Chronicle

In his “Byron trilogy,” Benjamin Markovits lovingly reinvents the nineteenth-century novel, true to its perfect prose, penetrating insight, and simmering passions. Inspired by the actual biography of Lord Byron—the greatest literary figure and most notorious sex symbol of his age—Markovits re¬imagines Byron’s marriage to the capable, intellectual, and tormented Annabella and the scandal that broke open their lives and riveted the world around them: Byron’s incestuous relationship with his impetuous half-sister, Gus. Their very different understandings of love and one’s obligations to society lead them all—and the reader—headlong to a devastating conclusion.
 

About Benjamin Markovits

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Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas and London, where he now lives. He teaches at the University of London. He contributes to the New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, the Times Literary Supplement, and others.
 
Published October 19, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 340 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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A novelist recounts Lord Byron’s marriage and his obsession for his half sister.

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Markovits is devoting a trilogy of novels to Byron, and A Quiet Adjustment is the second volume.

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Later, when she flees back to her parents, she is unable to speak of the dreadful secret she glimpsed in Byron's private life.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Markovits ends with a poignant vignette of Annabella after Byron's death, both victim and victor, the keeper of a flame that has scarred her and yet assured her of a place in history.

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Inspired by the actual biography of Lord Byron—the greatest literary figure and most notorious sex symbol of his age—Benjamin Markovits reimagines Byron's marriage to the capable, intellectual, and tormented Annabella and the scandal that broke open their lives and riveted the world around ...

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