By Francesca Segal
*** Winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award *** "It is irresistible this novel's wit, grace, and charm."
--Lauren Groff, writer of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia
A shrewdpermanent and slyly humorous story of affection, temptation, confusion, and dedication; a victorious and wonderfully achieved recasting of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence.
Newly engaged and unthinkingly self-satisfied, twenty-eight-year-old Adam Newman is the prize capture of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London. He has been relationship Rachel Gilbert considering the fact that they have been either 16 and now, to the comfort and happiness of the complete Gilbert kin, they're ultimately to marry. To Adam, Rachel embodies the top values of Temple Fortune; she is blameless, traditional, and completely safe in her community--a position within which everybody nonetheless is aware the whereabouts in their nursery university classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam's position in a hot, inclusive kin he loves.
But because the substantial equipment of the marriage gathers momentum, Adam feels the 1st faint touches of claustrophobia, and whilst Rachel's more youthful cousin Ellie Schneider strikes domestic from big apple, she unsettles Adam greater than he'd care to confess. Ellie--beautiful, weak, and fiercely independent--offers a liberation that he hadn't identified existed: a freedom from the loving interference and difficult parochialism of North West London. Adam reveals himself wondering every thing, without warning torn among protection and excitement, culture and independence. What may well he be lacking via staying just about home?
Francesca Segal used to be born in London and studied at Oxford and Harvard collage earlier than turning into a journalist and critic. Her paintings has seemed in Granta, The Guardian, and The Observer, between different courses. for 3 years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in The Observer and has been a gains author at Tatler. She divides her time among London and New York.
"With understated wit, empathy and a cinematic eye of element, Segal brings alive a bunch of characters so strong so that you can simply think them onscreen... A profitable debut novel."
"Inspired via The Age of Innocence, Segal's booklet is hotter, funnier, and paints a extra dynamic and human portrait of a practical neighborhood that may be a exceptional juxtaposition to Wharton's chilly social strata."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A artful homage... [Segal] writes with attractive warmth."
--Entertainment Weekly, Grade: B+
"Readers who take pleasure in fast moving, lightly satirical literary novels, fanatics of Allegra Goodman, and e-book workforce members will discover a Shabbat dinner's worthy of noshing during this comprehensive debut novel."
"An emotionally and intellectually astute debut."
"[A] pleasant first novel... clever, witty and observant."
--The London Times
"Segal writes with an understated elegance."
--The Observer (UK)
"The Innocents is written with knowledge and deliciously sophisticated wit... this can be a splendidly readable novel: dependent, complete, and romantic."
--Andre Aciman, writer of Out of Egypt, Call Me via Your Name, and Alibis
"A relocating, humorous, richly drawn story... choked with actual pleasures and unforeseen knowledge, this e-book sweeps you along."
--Esther Freud, writer of Love Falls and Lucky Break