The Age of Desire
For fans of The Paris Wife, a sparkling glimpse into the life of Edith Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her closest friendship
They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann—her governess turned literary secretary, and her mothering, nurturing friend.
When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately
I did enjoy some of the insights into Wharton’s writing life the international milieu in which she moved. Of course Henry James appears and she blends easily in artistic salon ...more
I was a bit leery picking up this book as I knew I had a busy few weeks ahead of me and might not get enough time to pick it up or worse, what if I forgot what was going on and who was who?
Let me reassure you, this is the PERFECT summer read! I'm not a romance girl and although some may consider this a romance genre I loved the weave of the story and the richness of the characters...I would find myself sometimes cross with Edith Wharto ...more
As an Edith Wharton fan, I was eager to start in on this book. I quickly realized it was written more like chick lit than traditional historical fiction. No big deal, I thought – I like chick lit too. But the writing was worse than that. The prose was more similar to books I’d been assigned to read with my 4th grade pen pal - including exaggerated explanations of pronunciations of French words, unnecessary clarification of points that ...more
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I came to Jennie Fields' The Age of Desire utterly ignorant of Edith Wharton's personal story. Though familiar enough with her body of work, I had no concept of the woman behind it which made this book a pretty exciting prospect in terms of content. What I wasn't prepared for was the quality story I would find between these pages.
I think one of the greatest chall ...more
The elegant cover invites the reader to enter Edith Wharton's world--a sphere of abundant wealth and intellectual stimulation, but severely lacking in the warmth of romantic attachment. Trapped in a loveless marriage by duty and guilt, Edith' ...more
Instead, I developed contempt for her character without the balance of an appreciation of her talent. Her genius was constantly mentioned, but Field's writing was not strong enough to convey its components.
. . . The Wharton in this book didn't display much intelligence;
. . . She didn't demonstra ...more
The novel was written in influence of the style of Mrs. Wharton's Age, I felt. There was a tightness to th ...more
This should have been something I loved but for some reason a little over half way through I just couldn't go on. It wasn't that the story or writing was bad but I was just bored. And I got to a point where the little battle in my head of Just Finish The Book vs. There Are Too Many More To Read the nagging of other worlds won.
The book (from what I have gathered thus far) is about Edith Wharton- famous female author of the early 1900's. It's historical fiction researched to where the author use ...more
I am going to be completely honest here - I knew next to nothing about Wharton. I'd read recently some fiction that was inspired by her... but still knew next to nothing about the woman. This book remedied that. Inspired by Edith's real ...more
Edith Wharton and her governess-turned-assistant Anna Bahlman share center stage in this novel, and it is a credit to author Jennie Fields that their stories are equally compelling. Edith has neither love, nor intimacy, nor even any longer affection for her husband Teddy; Anna does not see how Edith can treat "a good man" so carelessly and coldly. When Ed ...more
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* The book jacket illustration is perfection. It drew me like a moth to flame. It stopped me dead in my tracks, and said “You MUST read me!”
* It was wonderful being able to immerse myself in the language of this book. It was beautifully written. And, of course, it didn’t hurt that there were excerpts from original letters written by Edith Wharton.
* I love that the author slipped in the conversation between the Comtesse ...more
Fields did a impeccable job with her novel. Her writing style flowed eff ...more
The Age of Desire is a fictionalized account of the love affair between famous novelist Edith Wharton and journalist Morton Fullerton. The book is told from the perspectives of Edith and Edith's long-time friend and secretary Anna Bahlmann. Between the two of them, we see how Edith's affair with Morton affects the long relationship between Edith and Anna.
This was a fabulously told story told over the years 1907 through 1910 from Massachusetts to France to England. I loved the time period, and ...more
Aug 13, 2012Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
3.5 I loved the setting, tone and descriptive writing in this book. The descriptions of the homes that Wharton and her husband owned were fascinating. I enjoyed reading about the friendship between Edith and her assistant/friend, the trouble is I actually liked the friend much better than Edith. I also felt very sorry for Teddy, who really loved Edith, while she married him just because it was what people did. I also liked read ...more
Oh, Edith Wharton. I must say, I'd never heard of you before. And as an English major in post-secondary, you'd think I would have. But I hadn't. Yours was a name to which I said "ohhhhh, she must be one of them." By which I mean an author of the classics, being revered and what not. So naturally, I was delighted to win a book with a main character so dear to my passion.
Actually, I was just plain delighted, period, this being my first time winning a boo ...more
In 1907 Paris, Edith Wharton appears to have a perfect life. She is a wealthy woman and an accomplished writer. She is able to travel to her heart’s content and divides her time between New York, Paris and a large summer home in Massachusetts. She is constantly surrounded by cultured people and accomplished friends. But a closer look behind the glamour shows an unhappy woman.
At the age of forty six, bookish, prim and somewhat prudish Edith finally e ...more
My new novel, The Age of Desire is based on the life and loves of my favorite novelist: Edith Wharton. Wharton's characters feel as real to me as t ...more