Picks and Pans Review: Trophy House

updated 08/22/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By Anne Bernays

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In her eighth novel, Anne Bernays draws us into the seemingly idyllic life of Dannie Faber, an illustrator who lives in a modest cottage on Cape Cod. Dannie's world is upended when a millionaire builds a "trophy house" next door; with its looming tower and hulking proportions, it seems to Dannie "to breathe like a monster." Indeed; Dannie's marriage soon fails and her child suffers a painful loss. But it's not all doom and gloom; Bernays's skillful use of dialogue and insight into life's complexities make her novel wonderfully entertaining—a book that gets in your head and stays there.

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