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 victorious and fantastically 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 trap of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London. He has been relationship Rachel Gilbert on the grounds that they have been either 16 and now, to the comfort and happiness of the full Gilbert relatives, 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 during which all people nonetheless is familiar with the whereabouts in their nursery college classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam's position in a hot, inclusive kinfolk he loves.
But because the sizeable equipment of the marriage gathers momentum, Adam feels the 1st faint touches of claustrophobia, and while Rachel's more youthful cousin Ellie Schneider strikes domestic from ny, 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 problematic parochialism of North West London. Adam reveals himself wondering every thing, unexpectedly torn among defense and excitement, culture and independence. What may perhaps he be lacking by way of staying as regards to home?
Francesca Segal was once born in London and studied at Oxford and Harvard collage prior to 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 element, Segal brings alive a number of characters so powerful for you to simply think them onscreen... A successful debut novel."
"Inspired through The Age of Innocence, Segal's booklet 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 enticing warmth."
--Entertainment Weekly, Grade: B+
"Readers who take pleasure in fast moving, lightly satirical literary novels, fanatics of Allegra Goodman, and publication crew contributors 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... it is a splendidly readable novel: based, comprehensive, and romantic."
--Andre Aciman, writer of Out of Egypt, Call Me by means of Your Name, and Alibis
"A relocating, humorous, richly drawn story... jam-packed with genuine pleasures and unforeseen knowledge, this booklet sweeps you along."
--Esther Freud, writer of Love Falls and Lucky Break