Stefan in Love: A Novel : Living an unrewarding life with his embittered wife, and unable to communicate with his teenage son, Stefan Nagy, a successful reporter in pre-glasnost Hungary, imagines the chance for a new life when he meets and becomes involved with a beautiful young woman, Ileana. Together they escape from critics of their relationship to settle in the United States. Stefan's dreams are slowly disappointed as he discovers that his journalist credentials are worthless in America, and when Ileana's beauty and drive catapult her into a successful modeling career that takes her away from him for weeks at a time. Their romance begins to founder. Ileana is too involved with her own professional aspirations and whirlwind social life to be supportive of Stefan's endeavors, and in making new friends discovers sensual pleasures that exclude him and exacerbate his loneliness and sense of failure. Ultimately, divergent ideals bring them to a shattering confrontation. In this direct, fast-paced narrative, Joseph Machlis weaves a haunting and unusual story, which will appeal to anyone who is romantic at heart.