Second Nature

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A New York Times and National Bestseller

In this latter-day Beauty and the Beast a suburban woman discovers her own wild spirit because of a chance encounter.

Robin Moore, coping with a divorce and a troubled teen-aged son, impulsively rescues a stranger from a psychiatric ward – a beautiful, uncivilized innocent who has been raised in the wilderness and possesses no more sophistication than a child. But when she brings him home to her perfectly ordered neighborhood, the events that follow cause Robin to question her wisdom and doubt her own heart – and, ultimately, to change all of her ideas about love and humanity. A novel of suspense and enchantment that is a true page-turner.




“Magical and daring…very possibly her best.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Suspenseful… a dark, romantic meditation on what it means to be human.”
The New Yorker

“.. (A) modern day fairy tale, full of insights into the battle between instinct and upbringing, desire and conformity.”

“Generous, magical… Second Nature may be best read at full speed, hurtling down the mountain, as if falling in love.”
San Francisco Examiner- Chronicle