The Doctor And The Diva
US Viking (July 2010, Ed. Pamela Dorman)
UK Little, Brown & Company (Ed. Rebecca Saunders)
Dr. Ravell is a young Harvard-educated obstetrician with a growing reputation for helping couples conceive. He has treated women from all walks of Boston society, but when Ravell meets Erika, an opera singer whose beauty is surpassed only by her spellbinding voice, he knows their doctor-patient relationship will be like none he has ever had.
After struggling for years to become pregnant, Erika believes there is no hope. By the time she meets Ravell, her mind is made up: she will leave her prominent Bostonian husband to pursue her career in Italy, a plan both unconventional and risky. With the pressure to help her mounting, Ravell takes a great moral risk, a secret he can share with no one. His sudden decision will derail her plans, imperil his career, and change their lives forever.
Lush and stunningly realized, The Doctor and the Diva moves from snowy Boston to the jungles of Trinidad to the gilded balconies of Florence. This magnificent debut is a tale of passionate love affairs, dangerous decisions, and a woman’s irreconcilable desires as she is forced to choose between the child she has always longed for and the opera career she cannot live without. Inspired by the author’s family history, the novel is sensual, sexy, and heart-stopping in its bittersweet beauty.