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The Old Maid: 04/20/07
I picked up Sixteen Short Novels at the September BookCrossing meeting last year. Yes; I went a week postpartum and Harriet went too. My goal is to read and review each of these short novels but if I do it all at once I'll only get this one massive book read for quite some time. Instead, I'll concentrate on each novel separately and count each one as its own book just as I did for the four novellas in Four Past Midnight. At that rate I figure I can read about three of these short novels a month and I should have the book ready for release by Harriet's first birthday.
"The Old Maid" by Edith Wharton has been a play and a film. It takes a hard look at the skeletons in the closet of a powerful family. In this case, the skeleton is in the form of a "foundling" named Tina who is actually the daughter of a cousin. To save face but keep her daughter near, Tina's mother mustn't marry and has to play at being her daughter's "old maid aunt."