A novel of acute psychological tension and unsettling questions of identity, this tantalizing novel centers on a college graduate, recently moved to New York City for what promises to be a dream job-a prestigious fellowship writing for a respected magazine. Displaced, though, and unsure of how she fits into the world around her, she becomes the object of an older woman's attention: both women share the same difficult-to-place skin color. As the older woman's interest turns to obsession, the narrator must figure out what their relationship means to her-while both of their lives seem to be spiraling out of control.

“Extraordinarily original.”

- The Washington Post Book World

“Disturbing, sensual…a must-read.”

- The Seattle Times

"Senna’s debut novel…was hailed as nothing less than a contemporary classic, with the author invoking comparisons to everyone from Ralph Ellison to Vladimir Nabokov. Her follow-up, Symptomatic, proves the raves were right on target.”

- Elle