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Incognito by Gregory  Murphy
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Jul 02, 12

bookshelves: 2012, historical
Read from July 01 to 02, 2012

I liked this book – a lot. It is very Edith Wharton-esque and takes place in the upper crust of New York society in 1911. Well-bred (and vastly unhappy) attorney William Dysart is hired to enact a real estate transaction with a young, mysterious woman. A series of small events and revelations unravel the careful fabric of his life, marriage, society, etc. This is dubbed a literary mystery and while there are questions about peoples’ backgrounds and What Really Happened, I would not consider this a mystery.

In addition to a well-drawn cast of likeable and unlikeable characters and a quickly moving plot, the setting is wonderfully told. I also liked the backdrop of the suffragette movement and the acknowledgment that not all women were down with it, or wanted that kind of power. All in this is a highly readable book. It won’t change your life but it’s an engaging story.
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