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The Reef by Edith Wharton
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May 01, 12

Read from April 26 to May 01, 2012

Subtle, graceful prose... beautifully and precisely portrayed emotions, this book captures everything I love about Edith Wharton. She is so focused on the interior lives of her characters. Each one is an ice burg... everything important happens beneath the surface. "Every act has a moral and psychological significance, every word produces a semantic fallout" (Moira Maynard). A single thought triggers an avalanche of feeling, an avalanche that is betrayed only by a glance or a slight movement but is powerful enough to shift the direction of the entire novel. Nobody portrays the emotional constipation of human beings like she does!
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