St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books are pleased to present Jennie Fields, author of the highly anticipated novel on the life of American literary icon Edith Wharton, “The Age of Desire.” Fields will sign and discuss her novel on Thursday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
Novelist Jennie Fields offers a sparkling glimpse into the life of Edith Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her closest friendship.
They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann—her governess turned literary secretary, and her mothering, nurturing friend. When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.
Told through the points of view of both women, “The Age of Desire” takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James’s manse in Rye, England.
Edith’s real letters and intimate diary entries are woven throughout the book. “The Age of Desire” brings to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.
Jennie Fields received an MA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of the novels “Lily Beach,” “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” and “The Middle Ages.” An Illinois native, she spent twenty-five years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
Members of St. Louis book clubs and Friends of the Library Foundation are invited to a pre-event reception with the author from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Kreis’ Restaurant (535 S. Lindbergh Blvd.).
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit http://www.slcl.org.