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A Quiet Adjustment by Benjamin Markovits
A Quiet Adjustment is Benjamin Markovits' second novel in his Lord Byron trilogy (following Imposture). The story is told from the perspective of Annabella Milbanke, the young woman courted by the dashing and famous poet and she became his devoted wife. Once married, though, she discovered that Byron was a different man than she thought, and his relationship with his half-sister, Augusta, unnerved Annabella at first, and then disgusted her and drove her away after their first year together. Byron's sexual exploits would eventually disgust the nation as a whole, sending him to a self-imposed exile. A Quiet Adjustment has received mostly positive reviews with New Statesman saying, "A Quiet Adjustment is a worthy addition to the literature of the Byron legend, and an excellent novel in its own right. Markovits has produced an absorbing portrait of the celebrity couple and an unworkable marriage to an exhilarating but unmanageable man."