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All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky
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Mar 03, 2009

really liked it
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Read in March, 2009

This book picks up where Jane Austen leaves off. She does it with her own characters and they are French. Our misclassed lovers have their happy beginning when the factory owner's son decides to ditch the fiancee his parents chose for her dowry and to please the patriarch for the merchant's daughter. They accept their exile and his disinheritance and live happily ever after meeting head on all sorts of difficulties through the early part of the 20th century.

Nemirovsky has an eloquent way of showing us that people everywhere and in every time are awfully alike. She gracefully moves her characters through their generational roles without a hitch.
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