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Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth

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Beautiful New York socialite Lily Bart finds herself alone and nearly penniless as her thirtieth birthday approaches. To maintain her station in high society, Lily must wait for her miserly aunt to bequeath her fortune, or marry well. Blessed with wit and charm, she doesn’t lack for suitors, yet the most socially acceptable candidates fail to capture Lily’s interest. Instead, she’s intrigued by a young lawyer who is unafraid to speak his mind.

One of literature’s most memorable characters, Lily paradoxically beguiles the very people she wishes would accept her. A social satire dressed in romantic ribbons, The House of Mirth pits the drive for status and wealth against the desire for love.

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