The Custom of the Country (Digital Audiobook)

By Edith Wharton, Lorna Raver (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/15/2012)
Digital Audiobook (9/28/2009)
Paperback (8/1/1997)
Paperback (7/5/2019)
Paperback (1/1/2009)
Paperback (8/18/2019)
Paperback (11/7/2015)
Paperback (6/13/2019)
Paperback (7/20/2019)
Paperback (1/7/2019)
Paperback (1/20/2006)
Paperback (8/4/2019)
Paperback (7/6/2016)

Description

From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions. Wharton weaves an elaborate plot that renders a detailed depiction of upper-class social behavior in the early twentieth century. By utilizing a character with inexorable greed in a novel of manners, she demonstrates some of the customs of a modern age and posits a surprising explanation for divorce and the social role of women, which still resonates for the modern audience today.



About the Author

Lorna Raver has been named a Best Voice of the Year by AudioFile magazine and has been nominated for Audie Awards for her readings of Washington Square by Henry James, Nothing with Strings by Bailey White, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson. She has also received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. An accomplished stage actress, Lorna has also guest-starred in many top television series, and she stars in director Sam Raimi's film Drag Me to Hell.