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The buccaneers
Wharton, Edith
Adult Fiction WHARTON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Mainwaring commendably completes Wharton's unfinished novel about five wealthy American women seeking entrance into elite society by marrying British aristocrats. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When Wharton died in 1937, she left unfinished a novel about fresh young Americans in class-bound England that Time declared would have been her masterpiece. Now Wharton scholar Mainwaring has polished up the rough draft and interpolated a few passages, and the result is a masterpiece. When the St. George girls and their friend Lizzy Elmsworth aren't accepted in New York society because their bloodlines just don't go back far enough, no matter how rich they are, the St. George governess recommends that they go to England. Here they quickly make grand marriages--one rattled young husband declares that they are really ``buccaneers''--but becoming a duchess does not bring happiness to Nan St. George. Initially the overshadowed little sister, Nan emerges as an independent, self-possessed young woman who makes a momentous decision that shocks everyone--even her less stuffy compatriots--and her transformation is heartening to watch. Wharton retains her eye for detail but burnishes her crystalline prose with passion. Highly recommended. BOMC Main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/93.-- Barbara Hoffert, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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