Katheryn Kimbrough. Olga, The Disillusioned (1980) 256 pp. [pbo]
Publisher’s description: “Olga Duvane was blessed with delicate beauty, but cursed by recurring heartbreak. On a night of sinister fog she barely survived a ferryboat tragedy, only to lose her beloved fiancé to the merciless currents. By a stroke of fate, roguishly handsome Jeremy Pendergast, friend and associate of the mighty Hayden Phenwick, was her rescuer. But Jeremy was overcome by a strange spell of debauchery and dissipation, and eccentric, headstrong Hayden Phenwick beckoned to him darkly from the shadows. The shattering upheaval of the San Francisco earthquake sealed Olga’s fate forever—as a Phenwick woman. Yet one more ordeal was to follow, a test of love and courage more final and more terrifying than all that had gone before....”
Setting: San Francisco (1905-1906)