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The Reef

by Edith Wharton, Marilyn French

Part of the Virago Modern Classics Series

The Reef Synopsis

Anna Leath is a young widow, an American living in France. Behind her lies an arid marriage and a life deeply influenced by the rigid code of Old New York. Ahead lies new hope: a chance encounter in London with George Darrow, the first love of her youth, has left her awakened, disturbed. Anna returns to her beautiful country chateau to await her future: between two short distances can anything happen to disrupt such promise? But the charming Sophie Viner, governess to Anna's young daughter, holds the key to a secret which comes to reveal that Anna's future - and the very foundation of her life - is fragile where it appears most strong.

The Reef Press Reviews

A complex, subtle and moving story of the ways in which people torment one another and the awful power of retrospective jealousy * PENELOPE LIVELY *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780860683728
Publication date: 7th July 1983
Author: Edith Wharton, Marilyn French
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Edith Wharton, Marilyn French

Edith Wharton was born in 1862 in New York, and later lived in Rhode Island and France. Her first novel, The Valley of Decision, was published in 1902, and by 1913 she was writing at least one book a year. During the First World War she was awarded the Cross of the Legion d'Honneur and the Order of Leopold. In 1920, The Age of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize; she was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University and in 1930 she became a member of the American Academy of Arts and letters. She died in 1937.

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