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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,230 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francesca Segal Narrator: Rosalyn Lando Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion, and commitment; a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

Newly engaged and unthinkingly self-satisfied, twenty-eight-year-old Adam Newman is the prize catch of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London. He has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both sixteen and now, to the relief and happiness of the entire Gilbert family, they are finally to marry. To Adam, Rachel embodies the highest values of Temple Fortune; she is innocent, conventional, and entirely secure in her community—a place in which everyone still knows the whereabouts of their nursery school classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam’s role in a warm, inclusive family he loves.

But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia, and when Rachel’s younger cousin Ellie Schneider moves home from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he’d care to admit. Ellie—beautiful, vulnerable, and fiercely independent—offers a liberation that he hadn’t known existed: a freedom from the loving interference and frustrating parochialism of North West London. Adam finds himself questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence. What might he be missing by staying close to home?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A crafty homage…[Segal] writes with engaging warmth.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Inspired by The Age of Innocence, Segal’s book is warmer, funnier, and paints a more dynamic and human portrait of a functional community that is a wonderful juxtaposition to Wharton’s cold social strata.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2012 Costa Book Award for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison | 1/27/2014

    " I selected this book for my Book Club based on recommendations from People magazine and a friend - I ended up really enjoying it and hope my Book Club friends do too :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sherrilyn | 1/21/2014

    " I very much enjoyed the setting. The characters, however, just didn't work for me. For Wharton, the characters' attitudes and beliefs were understandable, and most definitely a sign of the times. However ineffective, the reader understood why the characters did what they felt they had to do. In the case of The Innocents, the characters were simply annoying. Adam, or "Ads" as Rachel so annoyingly anoints her beloved, is especially unendearing (apologies for the made-up word). While Jewish society may impose certain societal restrictions, I'm pretty sure it doesn't require it's faithful to behave like simpering idiots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adriana Gomez Licon | 1/16/2014

    " Great story. Sometimes it feels like there are too many cliches. The writing is great but there are parts where I felt "this isn't as important" and others where I wished Segal would have shared more about (wedding!). Overall, it is an enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rachael Dziedzic | 1/16/2014

    " Boring. The most boring book I have ever read. "

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About the Author

Francesca Segal was born in London and studied at Oxford and Harvard before becoming a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian, and the Observer, among other publications. For three years she wrote the “Debut Fiction Column” in the Observer and has been a features writer at Tatler. She divides her time between London and New York.