Publisher presentation : it is 1980 in New York City, and Jane, a valedictorian fresh out of Harvard, strikes a deal with Neil, an intoxicating writer twenty years her senior. The two quickly become lovers, living together in a Chelsea brownstone, and Neil reveals the rules for a life well lived: If you take food home from a restaurant, donâ€™t say itâ€™s because you want leftovers for the dog. Say that you want the bones for a friend who does autopsies. If you canâ€™t stand on your head (which is best), learn to do cartwheels. Have sex in airplane bathrooms. Wear only raincoats made in England. Neilâ€™s certainties, Jane discovers, mask his deceptions. Her true education begins.