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The Age of Desire

The Age of Desire

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By (author) Jennie Fields

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  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 36mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 067002368X
  • ISBN 13: 9780670023684
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 592,488

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For fans of "The Paris Wife," a sparkling glimpse into the life of Edith Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her closest friendshipThey 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 in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith's marriage crumbles and Anna's disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.Told through the points of view of both women, "The Age of Desire" takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton's early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafes, the Whartons' elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James's manse in Rye, England.Edith's real letters and intimate diary entries are woven throughout the book. "The Age of Desire" brings to life one of literature's most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.

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Jennie Fields received an MA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the author of the novels "Lily Beach," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," and "The Middle Ages." An Illinois native, she spent twenty-five years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

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"One doesn't have to be an Edith Wharton fan to luxuriate in the Wharton-esque plotting and prose Fields so elegantly conjures."--"Kirkus"