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A juicy, sprawling comedy of manners about a group of thirtysomethings navigating friendship, love, and their fledgling careers among Houston’s high-powered, oil-money elite

Thirty-year-old Vivienne Cally is wealthy in name only. Orphaned as a child and raised by a cold but regal aunt, Vivienne was taught to rely on her beauty and Texas tradition, and is expected to marry a wealthy and respectable man who will honor the Cally name. Friends with Houston’s richest and most prominent families, she’s a beloved fixture at the social events big and small, and she suffers no shortage of access to some of the city’s most eligible bachelors.

Preston Duffin has known Vivienne and her set since childhood. He’s never shared their social aspirations or their status but is liked and respected for his sharp wit and intelligence. About to graduate from a prestigious architecture program, he is both fascinated and repelled by this group of friends he sits on the cusp of, one that shares none of his curiosity about the world beyond Houston. He has long admired Vivienne’s beauty and grace, but he isn’t sure he holds any place in such a traditional life. Intrigued by Preston’s ambitions and the extent to which he challenges the only way of life she’s ever known, Vivienne both courts Preston’s attention and rebuffs his critiques of her predictable and antiquated priorities and values.

Inspired by Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, A Wife of Noble Character shares the original novel’s astute social commentary at the same time that it illuminates the trappings and rewards of coming of age that are wholly unique to the twenty-first century. Part biting wit, part good-old-fashioned love story, it will charm both fans of Wharton and anyone who has ever struggled to find their way in life.

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  • “Inspired by Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, A Wife of Noble Character is equal parts wry social commentary and heart-fluttering romance—an insightful journey for both the head and the heart.”

    Refinery29

  • “Filled with keen social commentary, this debut novel is an inspired reimagining of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. More than a century later, the theme still echoes that in women’s relationships, there is too high a cost to not staying true to oneself.”

    Library Journal

  • “A fresh, funny look at what it means to be an adult in the twenty-first century.”

    Sarah Bird, author of Above the East China Sea

  • A Wife of Noble Character is a wildly unique creation: a social novel that is simultaneously classic and utterly modern. I found it sharply insightful, lyrically written, and often laugh-out-loud funny; and could barely put it down until the last page. Puig is a talented satirist and a breathtakingly astute observer of character.”

    Janelle Brown, author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

  • “In this vivid, socially acute novel of manners set in oil-money Houston society, Yvonne Puig charms us with prose and braces us with insight—a masterful, sharp-eyed, and eloquent debut.”

    Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black

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