Literary historical fiction at its best! Themes of passionate love and the personal toll of war run throughout this first person narrative of a woman's life from her birth in 1908 to her death 74 years later. Amory Clay becomes a war photographer who covers both World War II and the Vietnam War. In between she lives a full life that includes time in Paris between the wars and after the liberation. She spends her later years on an island off the Scottish coast in a home given to her by her late husband's first wife.