Gilded Age

Gilded Age

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Baker & Taylor
Returning to her home in Cleveland after a scandalous divorce and stint in rehab, Ellie, unable to feel socially complete without a husband, uses her beauty and connections to identify a second marital candidate before sabotaging her prospects and making a desperate choice. A first novel.

Baker
& Taylor

Returning to her home in Cleveland after a scandalous divorce and stint in rehab, Ellie, unable to feel socially complete without a husband, uses her beauty and connections to identify a second marital candidate.

Simon and Schuster
A debut author transforms Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth into a powerful modern story of one woman’s struggle with independence and love.

Intelligent, witty, and poignant, Gilded Age presents a modern Edith Wharton heroine—dramatically beautiful, socially prominent, and just a bit unconventional—whose return to the hothouse of Cleveland society revives rivalries, raises eyebrows, and reveals the tender vulnerabilities of a woman struggling to reconcile her desire for independence and her need for love.

ELEANOR HART had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and thirty days in Sierra Tucson rehab. Now she finds that, despite feminist lip service, she will still need a husband to be socially complete. A woman’s sexual reputation matters, and so does her family name. Ellie must navigate the treacherous social terrain where old money meets new: charitable benefits and tequila body shots, inherited diamonds and viper-bite lip piercings, country house weekends and sexting. She finds that her beauty is a powerful tool in this world, but it has its limitations, even liabilities. Through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow, her future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.

With a keen eye for the perfect detail and a heart big enough to embrace those she observes, Claire McMillan has written an assured and revelatory debut novel about class, gender, and the timeless conundrum of femininity.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451640472
Branch Call Number: FIC MCM
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,24 cm.

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booklady1 Aug 10, 2013

A delightful, engrossing,scandalous story about a beautiful but doomed women. A look into the lives of the rich upper class families and friends of Cleveland Ohio. It is witty and dramatic filled with rumors, gossip, adultery, and scandal. Watch out NY and LA Cleveland is about to steal your spot light.

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Feb 16, 2013

An enjoyable and juicy read! Edith Wharton updated for the new millenium. A fun peek into the lives of the privileged -- in this case, the upper crust of Cleveland.

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booklady1 Aug 10, 2013

booklady1 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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booklady1 Aug 10, 2013

Through one misstep after another, Eleanor Hart mishandles her second act. Her options narrow , her future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.

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booklady1 Aug 10, 2013

I declare to you that women must not depend upon the protection of man, but taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.

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