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Girl in the Moonlight: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A bitter-sweet story of friendship, family, love & obsession. Sharp & Beautiful. 

— From Shannon's Picks


The author of Indiscretion returns with a scorching tale of love, passion, and obsession, about one man’s all-consuming desire for a beautiful, bewitching, and beguiling woman.

Since childhood, Wylie Rose has been drawn to the charming, close-knit Bonet siblings. But none affected him more than the enchanting Cesca, a girl blessed with incandescent beauty and a wild, irrepressible spirit.

Growing up, Wylie’s friendship with her brother, Aurelio, a budding painter of singular talent, brings him near Cesca’s circle. A young woman confident in her charms, Cesca is amused by Wylie’s youthful sensuality and trusting innocence. Toying with his devotion, she draws him closer to her fire—ultimately ruining him for any other woman.

Spanning several decades, moving through the worlds of high society, finance, and art, and peopled with poignant characters, Girl in the Moonlight takes us on a whirlwind tour, from the wooded cottages of old East Hampton to the dining rooms of Upper East Side Manhattan to the bohemian art studios of Paris and Barcelona. As he vividly brings to life Wylie and Cesca’s tempestuous, heart-wrenching affair, Charles Dubow probes the devastating depths of human passion and the nature of true love.

About the Author

Charles Dubow is the author of the novel Indiscretion, a founding editor of, and was an editor at He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University, and has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, and a congressional aide. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Melinda, and children, William and Isabella.

Praise For…

“A passionate relationship still sears these pages. ... If you are a romantic, you will devour every page of this book.”
— Huffington Post

“Dubow offers a heady, intoxicating tale. ... A story of the most interesting people you will ever know, told with style and verve.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“An evocative and maddening tale of obsession. ... Beautifully descriptive. ... Questions about whether a person can change, or if we are all doomed to repeat the same mistakes time and time again, will be swirling through readers’ minds.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Seduces readers with a tantalizing, salacious tale. ... Almost every page here is watermarked with love, lust, wealth, creativity, betrayal or heartbreak.”
— USA Today

“A page turner for avid readers of romantic novels.”
— Library Journal

“From Paris to Barcelona to New York, Girl in the Moonlight takes the reader on a whirlwind journey. ... A passionate story that explores the capacity of love--and its unyielding ability to control us.”
— BookPage

“Inspired. ... [Dubow] evokes a mystical atmosphere around Cesca’s mesmerizing power. ... Wylie and Cesca see tempestuous years pass in struggling to define the magnetism they feel for one another, and readers will be spellbound by the process.”
— Shelf Awareness

“A sleek, brisk Gatsby-esque tale. ... Keeps you reading like sipping a perfectly-fashioned martini. Compulsive reading. ... What an elegant and ebullient journey.”
— Providence Journal

“An enchanting tale dabblin in love, obsession, relationships, and beauty. ... The perfect book to devour beachside.”
— Hamptons Magazine

“This page-turner about a man’s no-holds-barred obsession with a mysterious, seductive woman doesn’t disappoint, and that’s thanks in no small part to Charles Dubow’s beautifully constructed prose.”

Girl in the Moonlight is an infinitely nuanced novel that is unpredictable in the best possible way.”
— Cape Codder

“Compelling. ... From the very first page his sometimes spare, Hemingway-like prose invites the reader to settle in for an engaging tale.”
— Joan Baum, WSHU, Public Radio Group
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062358325
ISBN-10: 0062358324
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English