What to Read Now: The Innocents by Francesca Segal

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The plot: This modern twist on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence takes place in Temple Fortune, a small tight-knit Jewish community in North London. Adam Newman, 28, is engaged to marry conservative, dependable Rachel Gilbert, who he fell in love with at age 16. As the wedding draws closer, Adam is tempted by Rachel’s younger Ellie Schneider, a beautiful, unpredictable woman who moves back to London after several years in New York City. Should Adam stay on course with his life, or escape and explore the world?

Why we love it: Segal’s debut novel is smart and beautifully written.

Genre: Romance

Buy it: $13.99

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