Let’s see--a historical novel based on an author’s life with female friendship, romance, and Paris–-of course I had to read it! The book focuses in on the years of greatest upheaval in Edith Wharton’s life. After the publication of The House of Mirth, Edith’s reputation as a writer is taking off. She comes to Paris in 1907 to be with other artists and literary giants (and because it is Paris.) She is accompanied by her household staff which includes her long-time secretary, Anna Bahlmann. Anna is Wharton’s closest friend.
But Edith's life in Paris grows complicated as she meets a man who she finds more stimulating than her husband. Her marriage, poor to begin with, disintegrates further. Her friendship with Anna suffers under the weight of Anna's disapproval.
It’s always fun to read about great writers, to imagine what was going on in their lives as they composed their masterpieces. Based on real letters and diary entries, The Age of Desire allows a glimpse into the minds and hearts of two complicated women.
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