The Mayor's Tongue is a stunningly bold and original novel of literary obsession and imagination. It unfolds in two narratives, one following a young man and the other an old man. The young man is Eugene Brentani, a devotee of the reclusive author and adventurer Constance Eakins, who goes to Trieste to find the girl he loves, who has gone to Trieste to find Eakins. Schmitz, whose wife is dying, and who longs to confide in his dear friend Rutherford. But Rutherford has disappeared, and his letters, postmarked from Italy, become more and more ominous as the weeks pass. In separate but resonating storylines, both men's adventures take them from New York City to the mountains of northern Italy, where the line between reality and imagination begins to blue and stories take on a life of their own.