Enid Shomer won the Iowa Fiction Prize for her first collection of stories and the Florida Gold Medal for her second. She is also the author of four books of poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and many other publications. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
Florence Nightingale is 29, and well on her way to spinsterhood. Gustave Flaubert is 28, and known for his womanizing lifestyle. These unlikely soulmates come together to share their darkest torments and most fervent hopes, and begin a passionate friendship marked by intelligence, humor and a ravishing tenderness that will alter both their destinies.