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Susan Minot's first works of fiction, Monkeys and Lust & Other Stories, sent the news of her extraordinary talent around the world. Now, with her critically acclaimed novel Folly, she enters the rooms furnished by Edith Wharton and E.M. Forster...and asserts her own clear claim to the premises.

It is 1917 when we first meet Lilian Eliot — immured in her father's solid Beacon Hill home, coming of age among friends and retainers she has known forever. Life is Copley Square, letters written by shadowy light, and tea properly poured. But Lilian senses something more, and is "amazed by the amount of feeling sloshing about insider her. If she let it out there would be a terrible flood...."

Suddenly into her highly polished world strolls Walter Vail, who says and does the unexpected, shattering the fine and consensual order. Lilian, the least foolish of girls, feels compelled to follow. But when Walter Vail goes to war — and marries abroad — Lilian must consider her life from a new, tinged perspective. She marries Gilbert Finch, a rumpled birdwatcher whose main virtue is that he is not a fool, and her life assumes a steadiness like "the balanced hour, half light, half shadow" before darkness sets in. Her children grow, her marriage tightens around her, she watches her own parents age. And then, as suddenly as he departed, Walter Vail returns...

Review:

"Dazzling...places Susan Minot beside the most gifted of our young writers..." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Haunting....Folly is a fascinating book, full of the insights one era can offer another." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Folly is Minot at her uncanny best..." New Yorker

Review:

"Extraordinary writing....Minot packs into a single sentence what other writers take paragraphs to convey....The result is spare and exquisite and an absolute joy to read." Cosmopolitan

Review:

"Utterly compelling....Minot's most persuasive, most mature work of fiction." Newsday

Review:

"In elegant, eloquent prose, Minot captures the essence and the impact of life's decisions." Library Journal

Review:

Minot...is a writer of great charm, empathy, and awareness. Minot's precise, poised prose is almost stately, recalling the fine art of Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin, but with a wholly original spin and keenness." Booklist

Review:

"Rich with pleasures from start to end..." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671749514
Editor:
Rosenman, Jane
Author:
Rosenman, Jane
Author:
Minot, Susan
Publisher:
Pocket
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Mate selection
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Boston (Mass.) Fiction.
Subject:
Mate selection -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Original
Series Volume:
map I-2305
Publication Date:
19940601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 13.16 oz

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Product details 288 pages Pocket Books - English 9780671749514 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dazzling...places Susan Minot beside the most gifted of our young writers..."
"Review" by , "Haunting....Folly is a fascinating book, full of the insights one era can offer another."
"Review" by , "Folly is Minot at her uncanny best..."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary writing....Minot packs into a single sentence what other writers take paragraphs to convey....The result is spare and exquisite and an absolute joy to read."
"Review" by , "Utterly compelling....Minot's most persuasive, most mature work of fiction."
"Review" by , "In elegant, eloquent prose, Minot captures the essence and the impact of life's decisions."
"Review" by , Minot...is a writer of great charm, empathy, and awareness. Minot's precise, poised prose is almost stately, recalling the fine art of Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin, but with a wholly original spin and keenness."
"Review" by , "Rich with pleasures from start to end..."
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