infidelity, social climbing, and one very special white rose weave a seductive
narrative in this intelligent and tender novel.
At forty-eight, Marian Kahn, a professor of history at
Columbia University, has reached a comfortable perch. Married, wealthy, and the
famed discoverer of eighteenth-century adventuress Lady Charlotte Wilcox, she
ought to be content. Instead, she is horrified to find herself profoundly in
love with twenty-six-year-old Oliver, the son of her eldest friend. When
Marian’s snobbish cousin
Barton announces his engagement to Sophie, a graduate
student in Marian’s department, Marian, Oliver, and Sophie find their lives
woefully entangled and their hearts turned in unfamiliar directions. All three
of them will learn that love may seldom be straightforward, but it’s always a
From the West Village to the Upper East Side, from the
Hamptons to Millbrook, The White Rose is
at once a nuanced and affectionate reimagining of Strauss’ beloved opera Der Rosenkavalier and a mesmerizing novel of our own time and place. Download and start listening now!