The Age of Desire, by Jennie Fields – A Review

English: Page from the original manuscript of ...

English: Page from the original manuscript of “The House of Mirth,” written by the American author Edith Wharton. Book II, Chapter 9, pp. 35-56. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Age of DesireThe Age of Desire by Jennie Fields

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am always interested in reading about writers whether it is fiction or nonfiction. This book is about a real writer early in the 20th Century who ultimately wanted to live in Parish. Her name is Edith Wharton. She wrote The House of Mirth. It is also the story of her secretary who had also been her governess, Anna – I’m sorry, but I can’t remember how to spell her last name.


Edith has a sexless marriage, but then finds her sensual self awakened, and she also falls in love with “a bounder” as Edith’s husband, Teddy, proclaims at one point in the novel.


Anna lives for Edith and helping her write her novels. She gains some notoriety herself among the servants as Mrs. Wharton’s secretary.


The two women evolve and live their lives side-by-side and separately. They find love and the realization of what being a woman really is, even if they can’t explain it – especially Anna.


As a wonderful addition to a sparkling story, Jennie Fields actually uses correspondences from Edith and Anna, as well as portions of Edith Wharton’s diary.


I highly recommend this book.

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About Henrietta Handy

I am a Kentucky mountain girl far from home, perhaps far from the girl years. I am an aspiring writer with a wonderful husband who puts up with this writing and reading addiction I have. He also puts up with all of the yarn and knitting. I have four canine children and a ton of friends I love dearly. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 1/2 and have still managed to have a good life despite all the pain. So, I invite you to join me in this journey and just possibly have fun along the way.
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One Response to The Age of Desire, by Jennie Fields – A Review

  1. Pingback: Happy Birthday Edith Wharton « Romancing the Bee

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