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 clever and slyly humorous story of affection, temptation, confusion, and dedication; a effective and fantastically performed 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 courting Rachel Gilbert due to the fact they have been either 16 and now, to the relaxation and happiness of the full Gilbert relations, they're ultimately to marry. To Adam, Rachel embodies the top values of Temple Fortune; she is blameless, traditional, and fully safe in her community--a position within which every person nonetheless is aware the whereabouts in their nursery tuition classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam's position in a hot, inclusive relatives he loves.
But because the immense 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 manhattan, she unsettles Adam greater than he'd care to confess. Ellie--beautiful, susceptible, and fiercely independent--offers a liberation that he hadn't identified existed: a freedom from the loving interference and complicated parochialism of North West London. Adam unearths himself wondering every thing, all of sudden torn among protection and pleasure, culture and independence. What may possibly he be lacking by means of staying on the subject of home?
Francesca Segal used to be born in London and studied at Oxford and Harvard collage sooner 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 good points author at Tatler. She divides her time among London and New York.
"With understated wit, empathy and a cinematic eye of aspect, Segal brings alive a number of characters so powerful so that you can simply think them onscreen... A successful debut novel."
"Inspired by means of The Age of Innocence, Segal's publication is hotter, funnier, and paints a extra dynamic and human portrait of a practical group that could be a outstanding 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 get pleasure from fast moving, lightly satirical literary novels, enthusiasts of Allegra Goodman, and publication staff individuals will discover a Shabbat dinner's worthy of noshing during this finished 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... it is a splendidly readable novel: dependent, complete, and romantic."
--Andre Aciman, writer of Out of Egypt, Call Me by way of Your Name, and Alibis
"A relocating, humorous, richly drawn story... packed with genuine pleasures and unforeseen knowledge, this e-book sweeps you along."
--Esther Freud, writer of Love Falls and Lucky Break