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The Innocents - Francesca Segal

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COUNTRY CUSTOMS Segal's debut proves to be a warm and well-researched read

The Innocents

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Taryn Simon
Coffee Table

We gave it a B+

In a crafty homage that would have given Edith Wharton shpilkes, Segal hews closely to The Age of Innocence for her debut novel about the impending marriage of a well-bred couple that’s threatened by the bride’s troubled cousin. Only here the society folk, with their elaborate customs of the country, belong to London’s Jewish community — not exactly Wharton’s favorite citizens. Though the transposition can be strained in The Innocents, Segal, clearly at home with those customs, writes with engaging warmth. B+