The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I approached this book with caution, as I tend to most classics. I always question whether I will enjoy reading them as they often require so much focus that the experience is no longer relaxing.
This was a surprise indeed.
There are many twists and turns, and I was clamoring for the end to discover what was the result of Lily Bart's social demise. I also found it interesting as this is a very American novel; I much prefer British social commentaries.
I felt for Lily Bart. She was born and raised to be a society maiden, but a lack of money and family importance, and just a few social misdemeanors and your world will come crashing down. She may have brought about her own downfall, but how could it be helped when it was all she knew?