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Certain Age, a (1999) [Novel]
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From the bestselling author of Slaves of New York comes a hilarious, clear-eyed, satiric novel about the sad plight of a misguided woman on the make in Manhattan. Thirty-two-year-old Florence Collins is an "aging filly-about-town"--still beautiful enough to be (sometimes) invited to the best parties and the right restaurants, but unmarried and rapidly going broke. In her world, marriage to a wealthy man is all that can save her, although Florence's hard-hearted search for security and status takes her on an inevitable downward spiral.

New York "society novels" at the turn of the nineteenth century gave us a piercing look at the world and rituals of the city's wealthy; Janowitz here casts that tradition in a fresh light, giving us a turn-of-the-century society novel that demonstrates how little seems to have changed. In a sly and unforgettable portrait of New York's haute monde, Janowitz brilliantly evokes a young woman's struggle for love and survival in the city that is as unforgiving today as it was a hundred years ago.

Original title: A Certain Age: A Novel
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaNineteenth Century

Edition #1: Certain Age, a

Certain Age, a (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Her best ever." Harper's Bazaar
  • "Smart and sassy." The Boston Globe
  • "Janowitz has penned a brutal update of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, accurately analyzing the social codes and economic hierarchy that functions in the New York she knows, as Wharton did a century ago." Detour
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Certain Age, a (1999)

ISBN: 0385496117

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