Sefton, a dissolute but charming violin-player and opium addict, takes center stage in this tale, and much about his background is revealed (after eight books? what discipline the author has!) The charming and indomitable Rose, January's wife, proves to be every bit as brave and resourceful as her husband. January, free black, son of slaves, Paris-trained physician, is a compelling character. Overall, hair-raising and heart-breaking; it's a 5.
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