I have only ever read two novellas: The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer (an Eclipse novella) and Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton. The latter is also the first novel I’ve read by Edith Wharton. I downloaded Madame de Treymes and Age of Innocence (probably her most successful work) on my kindle, as I have heard a lot of people mentioning how much they like Edith Wharton’s work.
That being said, I read this one first as it was shorter, also I read it at work during lunch times and even in between. I don’t bring books to work, but I do bring my kindle. Edith’s writing style is dated, yet it is good. I loved how she describes Saint-Germain (Paris) and New York in the olden days.
The story is about a man, called John Durham who travels to Paris and meet again with his previous girlfriend Fanny Frisbee, now Madame de Malrive, married to a Marquis. She and Monsieur de Malrive are separated and she and John falls in love. He proposes to her, yet she declines him. Reason? She has a son. In the case of her getting a divorce, the father will get custody of the child, especially if the mother initiated it. The son was raised a catholic and back in the day divorce was forbidden to Catholics. John seeks the help of Madame de Treymes, the Marquis’ sister to help him persuade the family to grant Fanny the divorce. But all does not go so well in the end. John has to choose: Either his morals, or loose the woman he loves….
This book was short and in the beginning, quite a confusing read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t think it was a waste of time either. It was quite interesting to know how things were back in the day, but I wouldn’t recommend this book as a ‘must-read’. However, I can’t wait to read Age of Innocence