If I were to liken this book to a 20th Century film, it would be "The Big Chill."In Chapter 1, Lily Canning commits suicide. The talented, artistic daughter of one of New York's elite families, Lily suffers from what we would now understand as bipolar disorder. Except that it's the dawn of WWI, and psychiatry is not yet very advanced.The remainder of this lengthy book is people's reaction to Lily's death. Every man in the book is in love with her. Every woman hates or resents her. No exceptions.I must give Ms. Marchetti her due; the prose in this book is beautiful. I just wish the book had actually been about something.