by Nicole Conn
Sometimes the only way to find your life is to walk away from it.
What would you give for a chance to start over?
A chance to find redemption? A chance to love again?
Writer Spencer K. Atwood wants it all. Handsome, talented, and driven to
succeed, she approaches the Los Angeles film scene. But her cruise down
Hollywood’s dazzling fast lane soon becomes a dizzying blur of ambition,
obsession, and sexual abandon that inevitably careens out of control…and
costs her everything.
In the wake of this wreckage, Spencer travels to Oregon and rents an
isolated oceanside cottage. As she looks back over her life trying to figure
out how her passions have driven her she begins to understand the threats to
her soul. Spencer returns to the one thing that will heal her: her writing.
She begins Cynara, a sweeping epic set against the haunting backdrop of
Paris in the twenties. Spencer’s gripping novel recounts the passionate
life—and loves—of notorious lesbian writer Byron Harrington and the
reclusive sculptress, Cynara. As she writes from her depths, Spencer begins
to believe that maybe, just maybe, she can regain what’s really important to
From the renowned filmmaker and novelist, Nicole Conn, creator of Claire of
the Moon (book and film), Moments (The Making of Claire of the Moon), and
Cynara, Poetry in Motion (film), comes this defining romantic work.
RAVE reviews for Nicole Conn’s work:
“Intelligent and beautifully atmospheric…the very definition of love and
intimacy.” —Paul Burchall, Los Angeles Reader
“…graceful, sensual and persuasive…smart and impressively
articulate…” —Kevin Thomas, LA Times
“…handsome, heartfelt love story…” —Jay Carr, The Boston Globe
“…Frank Capra of the Nineties…” —Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle
“…earnest, slow-burning romance…” —Janet Maslin, NY Times
Originally published by Naiad Press 2001
Joy Parks: Readers ... expecting a light lesbian romance are in for a big surprise. She Walks In Beauty is so much more. It's something fine and rare, a book of substance, a meaningful story that will linger with readers long after the last page is turned.Women's Book Review
There is enough high Romance in She Walks in Beauty to satisfy the most red-blooded of fans!