by Julie HaleMarch, 2004
A Ship Made of Paper
This modern-day love story from the author of Endless Love is a remarkably intuitive account of an interracial romance. Daniel, a prominent white New York lawyer, lives with his novelist-girlfriend Kate and her young daughter, Ruby. The secure rhythm of their daily lives is disrupted when Daniel meets and falls for a black woman named Iris, whose son befriends Ruby in school. Daniel and Iris embark on an affair that soon consumes them both, threatening their marriages, their work and their own sense of themselves. Although passion liberates the emotionally reserved Daniel and offers Iris an outlet from her empty marriage, there are negative repercussions for everyone involved. In this national bestseller, Spencer writes insightfully of the limitations imposed by race, the fragility of human connections and the potentially destructive properties of romantic love. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.harpercollins.com/readers.