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"The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!" Awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize (the first to be presented to a woman), Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence is a powerful depiction of love and desire in New York's glamorous Gilded Age. When Newland Archer, happily engaged to May Welland, meets his fiancée's cousin Ellen, his entire future is cast into doubt: strong-willed, witty, and entirely unpretentious, Ellen is unlike any woman he has ever met. He is torn between his infatuation for her and his duty to marry May. In subtle and elegant language, Wharton delivers a critical look at the social mores of the time. Laurel Lefkow gives a tender and sympathetic interpretation.

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Laurel Lefkow has the most beautiful voice ever - an entertaining and engrossing read with some lovely passages.

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  • 05-10-2018

a looong meditation on toxic masculinity

the protagonist is awful and had this been a paper book, I'd have hurled it across the room.

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  • 01-09-2019

Wonderful listen

I love this story, rich with the feel of late 1800's New York society. A well shaped novel, I felt for the characters' pains and understood what Edith was writing about. I have seen the 1992 movie and it is as lavish as the book, beautifully written and crafted. The characters and the story are well written and well narrated. Very beautiful.

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