The Innocents

The Innocents

eBook - 2014
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At the age of twenty-eight, Adam is engaged to Rachel, his girlfriend of twelve years, and can foresee a brilliant future: partnership in his father-in-law's legal firm, holidays with their extended families on the Red Sea, evenings out with the friends they've known since childhood in the well-heeled London neighbourhood they've shared since birth. It's a perfect match: the fulfillment of the desires and expectations of everyone Adam knows and loves. When Rachel's beautiful cousin Ellie suddenly appears in shul at the beginning of Yom Kippur, having returned to London to escape her scandal-touched past in New York, Adam's comfortable perspective and chosen life path begin, for the first time, to feel uncomfortable. Initially troubled by Ellie's presence and the gossip that her questionable history arouses, he soon finds himself dangerously drawn to the worldly, vulnerable young woman, his imagination ignited by her fierce independence and lack of regard for convention. As their impossible relationship plays itself out under the watchful eyes of their close-knit community, Adam is forced to examine the competing demands of his heart and re-evaluate every choice he has ever made. The Innocents portrays modern-day Jewish life with both wit and empathy, guiding us effortlessly through a contemporary cultural milieu whose social rules, both spoken and unspoken, are just as claustrophobic as those of 19th-century New York. Heralding the arrival of a major new literary talent, this irresistible story is a novel of manners for the 21st century.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2014
ISBN: 9781443408912
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Innocents


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Inspired by The Age of Innocence, this lively novel follows nice, reliable Adam who is engaged to Rachel, his perfect match, thoroughly approved of by their tight knit Jewish community. Then Adam meets Rachel’s fiery cousin Ellie, who makes him doubt his good qualities and intentions.

With a nod to Edith Wharton’s, "The Age of Innocence", Francesca Segal’s debut novel tells the story of young Adam, who is engaged to be married to Rachel from the same West London Jewish community. Having been together from the age of 16, twelve years later Adam works for the company a... Read More »

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Sep 10, 2013

A clever retelling of Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, but not with the same brilliance. Wit and characterization are center stage in a story that asks the same questions about relationships in a modern setting. But really do we need to have everything made modern to understand what is timeless?

hgeng63 Jun 24, 2012

Disappointing; too lightweight. Good London Jewish background, though.

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