In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists' colony. She finds him faintly ridiculous, but talented. He sees her as aloof, but intriguing. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they fall into the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over--and change the course of--our lives.Inspired by Flannery O'Conr and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard explores, through new characters with charms entirely their own, the limits of faith, passion, sanity, what it means to be a true friend, and the nature of acceptable sacrifice. In the grandness of the fall, can we love ather person so completely that we lose ourselves?In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.