The Two Hotel Francforts is a wonderfully atmospheric novel set in 1940 Lisbon. Leavitt perfectly captures the fevered sense of those who have made it to the edge of Europe and are waiting for a ship that will take them to the U.S. and safety. Leavitt concentrates his story on two couples, one American and one British who have fled Nazi occupied Paris. With lives turned upside down, the two husbands begin an affair. Beautifully written, sexually and politically charged, this is an extraordinary work.