A smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion, and commitment, "The Innocents" is a generous and deeply satisfying look at a close-knit society in which one young man's pre-wedding panic illuminates the universal conflict between responsibility and passion.
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" The Innocents is written with wisdom and deliciously subtle wit, in the tradition of Jane Austen and Nancy Mitford. Francesca Segal has a remarkable ability to bring characters vividly to life who are at once warm, funny, complex, and utterly recognizable. This is a wonderfully readable... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
" The Innocents is written with wisdom and deliciously subtle wit, in the tradition of Jane Austen and Nancy Mitford. Francesca Segal has a remarkable ability to bring characters vividly to life who are at once warm, funny, complex, and utterly recognizable. This is a wonderfully readable novel: elegant, accomplished and romantic." --André Aciman, author of the award-winning Out of Egypt, Call Me by Your Name , and most recently Alibis "A moving, funny, richly drawn story of a young man's attempts to find out who he wants to be when there are so many others who know best. Full of real pleasures and unexpected wisdom, this book sweeps you along." --Esther Freud, author of Love Falls and Lucky Break "In Francesca Segal's capable hands, The Age of Innocence is transformed into a very contemporary novel of religious traditions, financial misdeeds, and the way family happiness sustains and strangles. Writing with warmth, humor, and control, Segal brings to life an impressively large cast of characters, and makes The Innocents a generous, memorable first novel that I found hard to put down." --Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection and Insignificant Others "I was captivated by this alluring novel. `The Innocents' is a deliciously subtle and contemporary take on the perennial conflict between duty and desire. Francesca Segal writes with dazzling psychological precision, conjuring up characters who are complex, engaging and utterly real, and exploring the dilemmas they face with a delicate wisdom." --Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife "In transposing Edith Wharton's tale of WASP New York to contemporary Jewish London, Francesca Segal serves up an Old World feast, mit schlag !" --Thomas Rayfiel, author of Colony Girl "In The Innocents , Francesca Segal very cleverly discovers that which is common between Edith Wharton's New York and her own North London, between the 1870's and today. In doing so she reveals what is universal in life and love - and that is what good literature always does." --Peter Ferry, author of Travel Writing " The Innocents is an exuberant, sensitive, witty novel, elegantly-written, partly a study of universal dramas of love, marriage and fear, partly a very modern, sassy London story, partly a Jewish novel. I found it irresistible." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: the Biography