Francesca Segal: The Innocents

(Fiction, 282 pp. 2012)

A small suburb in North West London is the setting for this recasting of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Twenty-eight-year-old Adam Newman has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both sixteen and now, to everyone’s relief and happiness in their tight-knit Jewish community, they are finally to marry. But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum and Rachel’s fiercely independent cousin Ellie moves home from New York, Adam finds himself questioning everything, torn between security and desire, tradition and independence.  

  • Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides.Com
  • Review by Lucy Scholes, The Observer, May 5, 2012
  • Review and Interview: Judy Wertheimer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 3, 2012
  • Review by Kate Sullivan, New York Daily News, July 20, 2012
  • Essay by Rachel Shukert, “Jewish London’s Gilded Cage,” Tablet, June 29, 2012