A Boston Brahmin woman must choose between duty and passion when a former lover reenters her life Born into an affluent New England family at the turn of the twentieth century, Lillian Eliot engages in the coming-of-age rituals traditional of her social status. But when she meets Walter Vail, a charming and spontaneous New Yorker, her world is opened to new possibilities. As the Great War erupts, Walter leaves for Europe and marries another woman, and Lillian marries Gilbert Finch, an innocuous bachelor within her social circle. As the years pass, Lillian acquiesces to a life devoid of passion until, one day, Walter returns. In the tradition of Edith Wharton and E.M. Forster, Susan Minot brings to vivid life the world of the early twentieth century and the story of a woman searching for love despite society’s constraints. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Susan Minot, including artwork by the author and rare documents and photos from her personal collection.
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Soon a mother of three, Lilian sees her life as ``airtight, all the seams sewn up,'' and endures the genteel descent down the years in a round of weddings, lunches, and shopping, a life sometimes illuminated by painful glimmers of self-knowledge as hope becomes a memory.| Read Full Review of Folly: A Novel
Proper Bostonians, whose habitat was the Boston of banned books and baked beans, of Cabots, Lodges, and codfish, the citadel of blue-blooded gentility, are an extinct species.Oct 30 1992 | Read Full Review of Folly: A Novel
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Lilian is reminiscent of the female protagonists in Jane Austen or Edith Wharton: strong-willed and virtuous but soul-searching and not beyond being tempted away from her comfortable if conventional life.Nov 16 1992 | Read Full Review of Folly: A Novel
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