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The Reef

Edith Wharton

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A novel first published in 1913. George Darrow, a young diplomat en route from London to France, is engaged to be married to a respectable widow, but when she asks for time to prepare her children for the marriage he is unsettled, and embarks on an affai

Anna Leath is a young widow, an American living in France. Behind her lies an arid marriage and a life deeply influenced by the rigid code of Old New York. Ahead lies new hope: a chance encounter in London with George Darrow, the first love of her youth, has left her awakened, disturbed. Anna returns to her beautiful country chateau to await her future: between two short distances can anything happen to disrupt such promise But the charming Sophie Viner, governess to Anna's young daughter, holds the key to a secret which comes to reveal that Anna's future - and the very foundation of her life - is fragile where it appears most strong.

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Praise for The Reef

  • A complex, subtle and moving story of the ways in which people torment one another and the awful power of retrospective jealousy - PENELOPE LIVELY

  • A complex, subtle and moving story of the ways in which people torment one another and the awful power of retrospective jealousy - PENELOPE LIVELY

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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), friend and contemporary of Henry James, was born in New York but spent her later life in France. She won two Pulitzer prizes and was probably the most accomplished American novelist of her generation.

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