Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Wharton, Edith.
New York : Signet Classic, 1996
ISBN 0451526120
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The rigid social customs of New York’s upper class in the late 1800s had a way of thwarting true love.  Newland Archer lives his life the way his society expects him to, including marrying the beautiful, proper, sweet May Weland.  Only there’s a part of Newland that longs for more than the conformist life and conventional wife he is stuck with.  He meets his soul mate when May’s free-spirited, disgraced cousin, Countess Olenska moves to New York from Europe.  Propriety says that they can never be together.  At this time in America’s history, can Newland and Countess Olenska break free of strict social dictates and follow their hearts?  (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools, CO)
SUBJECTS:     Man-woman relationship -- Fiction.
                        Married people -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
                        Upper class -- Fiction.
                        Love stories.
                        Domestic fiction.
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