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.
- Review: The Buccaneers, by Edith Wharton (laurasmusings.wordpress.com)
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