The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

In Brief

Newland Archer is about to marry sweet, innocent May in the perfect New York wedding. But the arrival of May's scandal-ridden cousin Ellen turns his world upside down. His growing love for the free-thinking, worldly Ellen threatens to destroy not only his only standing in 1870s New York society but the reputations of all those he holds dear.

Why you should read it

A social commentary, a tragic love story, a historical snapshot of the American upper class, The Age of Innocence is first and foremost a gripping read. With this remarkable novel, Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. Her acute social observations and perfectly drawn characters bring 1870s New York perfectly to life.

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