by Tova Mirvis

A Novel of Manners

Edith Wharton updated

When Ellie Schneider, heroine of Francesca Segal’s The Innocents (Hyperion, $25.99), sits in a London synagogue on Yom Kippur eve, heads turn and tongues wag. She is newly returned to London from New York, a figure of scandal, having starred in an ostensibly pornographic movie and gotten kicked out of graduate school. She is also part of a prominent family whose demure, innocent daughter Rachel is newly engaged to another upstanding member of this traditional Jewish community.

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