Margaret Nathan, a writer with a famously bad memory, is married to an egotistical professor. The marriage is happy enough until Margaret, influenced by an 18th-century erotic novel she is translating, sets out on a round of sexual adventures similar to those of the novel's heroine.
With the ups and downs of temptation, love, lust, folly, and reconciliation, readers follow a very modern Candida through the sophisticated labyrinth of contemporary Manhattan, in this delightful literary romp that spoofs the cultural elite.
"Our cousinly reply to A.S. Byatt. And the sex is better."
"'Rameau's Niece' is sly and hilarious and filled with wonderful observations. With her takes on love, sex and literary fashions, Cathleen Schine is America's answer to David Lodge."
"Wonderfully witty at several levels, including mine."
Roy Blount Jr.