Kate Hagesfeld, grieving the death of her husband, travels to Italy just after 9/11 to re-start her career as an archaeologist.  Caught up in efforts to aid refugees from the Kosovo War, she must make the choice of a lifetime.

Ann Harleman (CRF 2007) is the author of Happiness  (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award), Bitter Lake, Thoreau’s Laundry, and The Year She Disappeared.  Among her awards are Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the Berlin Prize in Literature, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the O. Henry Award. 
In an earlier life, Ann was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Princeton University, and she has lived and worked in Italy.  Having taught for two decades at the Rhode Island School of Design, she is now on the faculty of Brown University.  She makes her home in Oakland, within sight of San Francisco Bay.