by Francesca Segal
Genre: Adult Literary Fiction
Review: Rediscover Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence.
The Innocents takes this classic novel and sets in modern times, in another well-off, insular community--the snug Jewish haven of North West London. Archer is replaced by Aaron, a confident twenty-something newly engaged to the pink-cheeked Rachel. Ellie, the Madame Olenska character, arrives in town with a sordid and tragic past in America trailing her and Aaron is called upon to help her, yet finds himself bewilderingly attracted to Ellie and all she represents, freedom from his secure place in the community.
Conclusion: The re-telling is an original piece all on its own, but I hope this book will inspire readers to go back to Edith Wharton's classic as well.
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