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To avoid and everything that is missing from his world As the long awaited wedding approaches Adam is torn between duty and temptation security and freedom and must make a choice that will break either one heart or ma 45 What a stunning debut from Francesca Segal A 32 year old first time novelist has no business writing such a sophisticated pitch perfect homage to Edith Wharton s The Age of Innocence Her strategy is that of Zadie Smith in her gorgeous On Beauty giving a classic novel a new home in contemporary north London but staying true to the emotional content the interplay of love and desire jealousy and frustration in Smith s case the model is EM Forster s Howards End And yet knowledge of the parent text is entirely unnecessary Both On Beauty and The Innocents are thoroughly accomplished stand alone talesSegal s love triangle is set in a world I know very little about the tight knit Jewish community of northwest London Adam Newman has been happily paired with Rachel Gilbert for nearly 12 years since they were Jewish secondary school sweethearts Now newly engaged Adam and Rachel seem set to follow in Rachel s parents footsteps into the role of pillars of the community But suddenly inevitably their perfect world is threatened by the return to London of Rachel s bad girl American cousin Ellie Schneider Her first appearance is certainly striking she shows up to synagogue in a wildly immodest model s outfit an instant visual metonym for her bold seductive persona Ellie has been dishonorably released from her creative writing course at Columbia University for appearing in a pornographic art film with her sexpot image further enhanced by the scandal surrounding Marshall Bruce a New York art dealer and socialite Among his extramarital relationships was one with Ellie who was underage at the time he was paying her monthly deposits Porn star Paid for sexual favors Making a living from her physical attributes She is everything the safe predictable Rachel is not and Adam uickly becomes utterly enchanted with herThe rest of the novel plays out as a somewhat predictable will they won t they game of manners My limited knowledge of Edith Wharton s work I read Ethan Frome a little under seven years ago suggested to me that whether the would be lovers got together or not there was no possibility of their dalliance ending happily And yet Segal is remarkably kind and gentle to all her characters we as readers feel sympathetic to Ellie s orphan waif loneliness Adam s conflicted love and loyalty and Rachel s jealous guarding of her ordinary life all at the same time We don t take sides because Segal lets us see the beauty and validity of all sidesEach character is expertly drawn from Adam s sex obsessed best mate Jasper to 90 year old Holocaust survivor and matriarch Ziva It is clear that Segal knows her Jewish community intimately such that she can portray it both lovingly and critically She is particularly good at depicting holiday and family celebration scenes with for instance impressive descriptions of spreads of food The book is strong at the level of language too with a deliberately elevated diction that echoes Wharton and even Jane Austen Rather than seeming strained or overreaching this strategy works remarkably wellI have vague memories of the Hollywood film version of The Age of Innocence 1993 dir Martin Scorsese with Daniel Day Lewis Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer but can t recall whether every character and plot element has a one to one correlation in The Innocents I wouldn t be surprised if the themes of moral scandal and financial ruin come directly from Wharton Segal s story of longing and dissatisfaction in London s Jewish suburbia pairs brilliantly with Wharton s elegant examinations of upper class New York society life The Innocents is astoundingly successful and Segal s is a masterful new voice Twin Obsessions one heart Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-deliverance & Assisted Suicide for the Dying old first 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WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2012 What if everything you'd ever wanted was no longer enoughAdam and Rachel are getting married at last Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for y Don t be put off by my three star rating The writing is superb uite stunning really for a first novel It s just one of those stories in which very little occurs aside from the dailiness of life in a wealthy tightly knit community This novel is modeled after Edith Wharton s The Age of Innocence which is also a well written book in which nothing much happens The most appealing thing for me about the story is its Jewishness For a non Jew like me there was a lot to discover

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Ears; theirs is set to be the wedding of the yearBut then Rachel's cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold Beautiful reckless and troubled Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life Maybe it s just me but have you ever been reading a book that if you didn t have other obligations you would finish in one day or even one sitting If I had had the chance I would have devoured Francesca Segal s excellent The Innocents in one day But having to slow down my pace allowed me to savor it a little which certainly wasn t a bad thingInspired by Edith Wharton s The Age of Innocence yet set in Temple Fortune a close knit Jewish suburb of northwest London the book follows Adam Newman a successful and handsome 28 year old who has recently gotten engaged to Rachel Gilbert whom he has dated since the two were 16 and met on a tour of Israel The two are celebrated for their engagement and have a relationship that is the envy of their community Rachel s strong sense of right and wrong her devotion to family and friends and her relative innocence are some of the things that appeal most to Adam and Rachel looks to Adam for the solid steadiness and protection she has always gotten from her parents But when Rachel s younger cousin Ellie a troubled model and actress living in New York comes to Temple Fortune she brings chaos drama and a freeing excitement that Adam has never known Should he risk all that he has built his life upon for a chance at a different kind of happiness he never expected or should he stay the course that he has been destined to follow his entire lifeI thought Francesca Segal did a fantastic job with this book The characters while familiar in some ways were uniue complex and flawed and you re truly not sure who to root for She pays close attention to detail and has created a community and a circle of interconnected family and friends that you d expect in a book twice this size This book has humor sadness excitement and hopefulness I found myself hooked within the first few pages and wasn t able to let go until I finished reading This was definitely a uick read and a tremendously well written one at that


10 thoughts on “The Innocents

  1. says:

    Don't be put off by my three star rating The writing is superb uite stunning really for a first novel It's just one of those stories in which very little occurs aside from the dailiness of life in a wealthy tightly knit community This novel is modeled after Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence which is also a well written book in which nothing much happens The most appealing thing for me about the story is its Jewishness For a non

  2. says:

    This is another debut book I’ve owned Hardcover and wanted to read since it was first released in 2012 Only took me 7 years I did however read and enjoy Francessa Segal’s 2nd book called “The Awkward Age”a few years backSegal’s 3rd Book “Mother Ship”was released last month June 2019 I’m hoping to see a Ki

  3. says:

    This is an enjoyable and relatively conventional suburban drama of a close knit Jewish community in NW London Likewise I applaud this debut author's unspoken but sublime irony and chutzpah in her choice to revitalize but change the original version of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE a novel written by the celebrated anti Semitic author Edith Wharton th

  4. says:

    This was a 25 but I'm giving it a first novelist5 bump up This had the same effect on me as Song of Achilles it just made me want to re read the source material Edith Wharton's brilliant Age of Innocence The central problem with Th

  5. says:

    Maybe it's just me but have you ever been reading a book that if you didn't have other obligations you would fini

  6. says:

    I really had issues with this book I can't count the number of times where I wanted to physically shake one character or another I think that is the crux of my problem with this novel I had a difficult time liking the main characters Adam our

  7. says:

    When I started reading this book right off the bat I thought this reminds me of 'The Age of Innocence' And then I read a bit and re

  8. says:

    45 What a stunning debut from Francesca Segal A 32 year old first time novelist has no business writing such a sophisticated pitch perfect homage to Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence Her strategy is that of

  9. says:

    In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats but they were not to be sown than once Edith Wharton The Age of InnocenceThis epigraph marks the start of The Innocents so what instigated my reading The Age of Innocence a little while ago is now apparent The Innocents is a modern retelling of the class

  10. says:

    I never read The Age of Innocence so I can't judge this as a retelling But as a stand alone book it really didn't work for meThe basic story is

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