The Age of Desire, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


She is the darling of Parisian society. A famous author whose novels have captivated readers.

He is a charming young journalist with nothing to lose.

While novelist Edith Wharton writes of grand love affairs, she has yet to experience her own.

Her marriage is more platonic than passionate and her closest relationship is with her literary secretary, Anna Bahlmann.

Then Edith meets dashing Morton Fullerton, and her life is at last opened to the world of the sensual.

But, in giving in to the temptation of their illicit liaison, Edith could lose everything else she holds dear...Set in the Gilded Age of Paris society, Jennie Field's sumptuous novel retells the true story of a scandal involving one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.


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The Age of a Desire is a solid historical fiction that focuses on Edith Wharton, the woman, rather than Edith Wharton, the author. It is ironic (or is it?) that Edith becomes rather like one of her female characters as the novel goes on, and Edith experiences the angst of love and disappointment of life. Through it all, her friend and secretary Anna remains by her side.

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