They call themselves the Leopardi Circle, six members of a local writing group. There's Gillian, a beautiful, scheming, world-famous poet; Bernard, a pompous but lovable biographer; Virginia, a respected historian and the peacemaker of the group; Chris, a divorced father and successful thriller writer; and Adam, an aspiring novelist. And the newcomer to the group, Nancy, an unassuming, fragile woman, embarking on a new chapter in her own life. Each month they meet and read their work aloud and offer feedback. Over the course of a year, marriages are tested, affairs begin, and an act of betrayal by one member threatens the entire group.
Through their complicated relationships, these eccentric characters share their families, their beds, and their histories, and they soon find that buried secrets have a way of coming to light. Hearts break and emotions are pushed to the limit in this richly engaging tale of love, betrayal, and literature.