This was the first book I'd read of L'Engle's adult fiction. I read her fantasy books as a kid and really liked them and I knew a bit about her own life, but somehow I never managed to get around to reading her adult books until a couple years ago. This is her first published book and it shows in that it's a bit overwritten, but that said, I still really liked it. It's a coming-of-age story, but it's L'Engle, so you know it's not going to be schmaltzy. Tortured is more like it. The main character is a concert pianist and a sensitive person. Although she is frequently betrayed by people she trusts, her music keeps her going and is ultimately the only thing she can rely on. It's a good portrait of youth and naivete.