Blackwell North Amer Young and impetuous, Fern Jacobi is traveling in Ireland in the autumn of 1990 when she meets two famous and scandal-ridden American expatriates. The renowned author Owen Lieb and his beautiful second wife Brigid have just returned to Galway, from Paris after years of self-imposed exile. The couple befriends Fern, who comes to work for them cleaning their long-abandoned home. Mystery shrouds the fate of Owen's first wife, Franny, who died in the same grand, drafty house where the three of them now reside. Owen Lieb, charming, eccentric, and world-weary, still lives in the shadow of suspicion surrounding Franny's 1964 suicide. Since her enigmatic death at the age of thirty, Franny, a novelist, has become a beloved cult icon. Rumors about her unpublished second book and controversial missing letters continue to fuel endless speculation about the circumstances and aftermath of her death. As the days of fall turn short and dark, Fern not only discovers the shocking truth about the Liebs, but comes to understand the dark underside of celebrity.