The eagerly awaited, electrifying new novel from the author of The
Emperor of Ocean Park (“Among the most remarkable fiction
debuts in recent years . . . A rip-roaring
entertainment”—The Boston Globe).
When The Emperor of Ocean Park was published, Time Out declared:
“Carter does for members of the contemporary black upper
class what Henry James did for Washington Square society, taking us
into their drawing rooms and laying their motives bare.” Now,
with the same powers of observation, and the same richness of plot and
character, Stephen L. Carter returns to the New England university town
of Elm Harbor, where a murder begins to crack the veneer that has
hidden the racial complications of the town’s past, the
secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of
African-American political influence.
At the center: Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his
wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity
school—African Americans living in “the heart of
whiteness.” Lemaster is an old friend of the president of the
United States. Julia was the murdered man’s lover years ago.
The meeting point of these connections forms the core of a mystery that
deepens even as Julia closes in on the politically earth-shattering
motive behind the murder.
Relentlessly suspenseful, galvanizing in its exploration of the
profound difference between allegiance to ideas and to people, New
England White is a resounding confirmation of Stephen
Carter’s gifts as a writer of fiction.
About the Author
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at
Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. He is also the author
of seven books of nonfiction. He and his family live near New Haven,
New England White
by Stephen L. Carter
Knopf (Random House) Publication Date:
Hardcover, 576 pages Book Type: