Joanna Scott is the author of nine books, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes and Arrogance, which were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, and Liberation. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Award, she lives with her family in upstate New York.
In 1905, a tourist agent and amateur antiques collector named Armand de Potter mysteriously disappears off the coast of Greece. His body is never recovered, and his wife, Aimée, is left to manage his affairs on her own. But as she starts to piece together his life, she realizes that everything was not as Armand had said. Infused with details from letters and diary entries, their story twists forward and backward through time, revealing a lost world of fake identities, underground antiques networks, and a husband who wasn't what he seemed.
Told with masterful agility, De Potter's Grand Tour is a tale as grand as the tour guide at its center. Drawing on real documents only recently discovered, Joanna Scott points delicately toward the story's historical basis and unfolds a detective tale of the highest order.