The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

The book follows the ambitious and cunning Undine Spragg, a beautiful Midwestern girl who marries her way into New York high society. Undine's insatiable desire for wealth, status, and comfort leads her through a series of marriages and divorces, each time climbing higher on the social ladder. However, her ruthless pursuit of success and disregard for social norms ultimately leave her feeling empty and dissatisfied. The novel offers a critique of American society and its values during the early 20th century.

The 662nd greatest book of all time


Published
1913
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
300-400
Words
135,420
Original Language
English

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