- Charlotte Halsey,
after an unusually turbulent adolescence, left home in the only way
acceptable to her fundamentalist parents, she went back east to attend
Cabot College in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
- Milo Robicheaux,
whose parents left Louisiana as part of the great migration from the
South, settled in New Hampshire, sending their children to the best
schools and taught them to choose their battles carefully.
- Charlotte and Milo
first meet one another through a crack in the door to her dorm room when
he's in search of Angela Williams, the only other black woman enrolled at
Cabot College in the early 1970s. Charlotte, intrigued by Milo's voice and
manner, assumes he's British to the amusement of her boyfriend Jack.
- Rivals off and on
the snow, Jack and Miles compete on the college's ski team and hope to
make the winter Olympics.
- Years later, when
Charlotte and Milo encounter one another again at a party in New York, he
remembers her as an ice princess who was willingly a trophy girlfriend.
Charlotte remembers Milo's dignity and grace under pressure. She has
watched Milo achieve his dreams of Olympic medals and enjoys telling
people she "knew him in college." The two seem destined to be together --
she's a tall, leggy, blonde with a successful modeling career and he's the
athlete everyone wants to meet. They think of themselves as a couple while
the world likes the contrasts -- black versus white, beauty versus
athlete, expectation versus reality, and fame versus identity. As their
world and marriage come undone, Charlotte sifts through their lives
together in the hope of determining how they come undone.
- Kate Manning, a
former journalist and Emmy Award-winning television producer, lives in New
- Southern Scribe
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