Alice Dickinson, a young advertising executive in London, decides to take time off work to research her idea for a screenplay: the true story of the scandalous, adulterous love affair between Emily Dickinsonís married brother, Austin, and a young, Amherst College faculty wife named Mabel Loomis Todd. Austin, twenty-four years Mabelís senior and the college treasurer, lived next door to his reclusive sister, who allowed her home to be used for Austin and Mabelís trysts. Alice travels to Amherst, staying in the house of Nick Crocker, a married English academic in his fifties. As Alice researches Austin and Mabelís story and Emilyís role in their affair, she embarks on her own affair with Nick, an affair that, of course, they both know echoes the one that sheís writing about. Paperback. 286 pgs.