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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 368 pages.

The Custom of the Country - Edith Wharton, Linda Wagner-Martin

Hey, Char, have you read this one? I know you are such an Edith Wharton fan!


Undine Spragg is our main protagonist. She is new money, Midwestern, heir to a druggist fortune, named after a hair straightening solution released the week she was born. Father is firmly nouveau riche, Undine has aspirations above her station. This is the third in a cycle of New York stories written by Wharton which I have read, in addition to The House of Mirth and Age of Innocence.


Wharton is up there with Austen, Gaskell and Cather for me.