On Sale: August 6, 2012
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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 friendship
They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind Edith
Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmannâ€”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 Edithâ€™s marriage crumbles
and Annaâ€™s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong
bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all
Told through the points of view of both women, The Age of
Desire takes us on a vivid journey through Whartonâ€™s early
Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons
and dark secret cafĂ©s, the Whartonsâ€™ elegant house in Lenox,
Massachusetts, and Henry Jamesâ€™s manse in Rye, England.
Edithâ€™s real letters and intimate diary entries are woven
throughout the book. The Age of Desire brings to life one of
literatureâ€™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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