St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: August 8, 2017
Featuring: Preston Duffin; Vivienne Cally
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A juicy, sprawling comedy of manners about a group of
thirtysomethings navigating friendship, love, and their
fledgling careers among Houstonís high-powered oil-money
Thirty-year-old Vivienne Cally is wealthy in name only.
Orphaned as a child and raised by a cold, regal aunt,
Vivienne was taught to rely on her beauty to marry a
wealthy and respectable man who will honor the Cally name.
A beloved fixture in high Texan society, she suffers no
shortage of access to some of the city's most eligible
bachelors. Preston Duffin has known Vivienne and her set
since childhood. He's never shared their social
aspirations or status but he is liked and respected for
his sharp wit and intelligence. About to graduate from a
prestigious architecture program, he is both fascinated
and repelled by this group of friends he sits on the cusp
of, one that shares none of his curiosity about the world
beyond Houston. He's long admired Vivienne's beauty and
grace, but isn't sure he holds any place in such a
traditional life. Intrigued by Preston's ambitions and the
extent to which he challenges her, Vivienne both courts
Preston's attention and rebuffs his critiques of her
predictable, antiquated priorities and values.
Inspired by Edith Whartonís The House of Mirth, A Wife of
Noble Character shares the original novelís astute social
commentary while illuminating a coming-of-age wholly
unique to the twenty-first century. Part biting wit, part
good old fashioned love story, this book will charm both
fans of Wharton and anyone who has every struggled to find
their way in life.
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