Monday 4 December 2023

Book Review: Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton (Modern Classics)

Title: Glimpses of the Moon
Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 2 April 2024
Pages: 336
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Modern Classics
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

Nick Lansing and Susy Branch are young, attractive, but impoverished New Yorkers. They are in love and decide to marry, but realise their chances of happiness are slim without the wealth and society that their more privileged friends take for granted. Nick and Susy agree to separate when either encounters a more eligible proposition. However, as they honeymoon in friends' lavish houses, from a villa on Lake Como to a Venetian palace, jealous passions and troubled consciences cause the idyll to crumble. Edith Wharton has perceptively described the choices faced by Nick and Susy; the same dilemma still facing those seduced by the pleasures of society.


Glimpses of the Moon was another enjoyable work by Edith Wharton. Nick and Susy were both intriguing characters and it was entertaining and thought-provoking to follow the course of their relationship during the events of the novel. The story was a sometimes scathing take on society and romantic relationships that still offered glimpses of happiness amidst the drama. The prose was easy reading but still descriptive, setting the scene well in every varied location. I am giving it 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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