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Author
McMillan, Claire
Descriptors
Addiction
Affairs
Divorce
Domestic Fiction
Family History
Family Relationships
Gossip
Man-Woman Relationships
Marriage
Marriages of Convenience
Women's Fiction
Location/Setting:
Cleveland, Ohio
Time Period:
2000s
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Summary
Beautiful Eleanor Hart returns to Cleveland disgraced after a stint in rehab following her ugly divorce from her very wealthy, New York husband. Mixing with upscale friends from her youth, Ellie is desperate to maintain her lifestyle and needs to land another man with money. As one potential prospect after another are dangled in front of Ellie by her socialite friends, who judge her for drinking even as they hand her glasses of champagne, Ellie makes one mistake after another--eventually resulting in her falling from society's grace. Now desperate for some real help, Ellie wonders if she has any real friends left.
Critique
This retelling of "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton is a fascinating look at class, gender, and what it means to be a woman, disguised as a light summer read. Thrilled by all of the descriptions of a contemporary Cleveland, I found that I simply could not put down this novel. Equal parts funny and tragic, and, yes, it's perfect vacation reading too. Highly recommend.
ISBN
9781451640472
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# of Pages
256
Published
2012
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Reviewer's Initials: CO BRM


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