Somewhere between the repressiveness of Edith Wharton’s early-20th-century Age of Innocence and our own libertine "Shades of Grey" era lies the absorbingly sensuous world of Jennie Fields’s The Age of Desire.... Along with the overheated romance and the middle-age passion it so accurately describes, The Age of Desire also offers something simpler and quieter: a tribute to the enduring power of female friendship.
Delicate and imaginative.... Fields’s love and respect for all her characters and her care in telling their stories shines through.
Fields supplements the story with fascinating excerpts from Wharton’s actual letters and includes appearances by other authors of the period...to re-create the exciting literary landscape of Paris and New York in the first decade of the 20th century.... The novel should...appeal to those who enjoyed Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife.
Fields bases her perceptive novel on Wharton’s own diaries and letters.... The Age of Desire sheds welcome light on the little-known private life of a famous woman and her closest relationships in early-twentieth-century Europe and America.
One doesn’t have to be an Edith Wharton fan to luxuriate in the Wharton-esque plotting and prose Fields so elegantly conjures..
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