For fans of The Paris
Wife, a sparkling glimpse into the life of Edith Wharton and the scandalous
love affair that threatened her closest friendship
They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind Edith
Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann—her governess turned literary secretary, and
her mothering, nurturing friend.
When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love
with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to
the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but
especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and
Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must
face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.
Told through the points of view of both women, THE AGE OF DESIRE takes us on a vivid
journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris
with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant
house in Lenox, Massachusetts,
and Henry James’s manse in Rye,
Edith’s real letters and intimate diary entries are woven throughout
the book. THE AGE OF DESIRE brings
to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as
complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.