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The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
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Nov 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in December, 2011

Gorgeous writing. Note to my sisters: there's a Bockheimer family mentioned often in the book but never met.

The premise is comical (especially for Wharton): 2 poor but socially successful socialites who live off their outrageously rich friends decide to marry and spend a year honeymooning in their friends' villas and palaces, both as a lark and as a way to survive. In the early months, their marriage exceeds all expectations: they really are in love and seem committed to one another beyond the 1-year agreement. However, their relationship quickly becomes heart-breaking when a misunderstanding balloons into estrangement from good intentions being poorly communicated. Wharton follows Nick and Susy through this world of extravagance and throw-away marriages, as each tries to determine what comes next after their promising marriage seems a terrible failure.[SPOILER ALERT] The reader is kept in edge, as Nick and Susy begin to appreciate each other's point of view and grow as people during their estrangement but are again and again kept from reconciliation by circumstances and their own hurt feelings. It is only in the final pages that each swallows their pride and the marriage is no longer farcical.

The beginning and end of this book are especially enjoyable plot-wise, but the middle -- as Wharton dissects the minutiae of Nick's and Susy's feelings and movements -- is plodding. Still, a good read.

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