House of Mirth The (Unabridged)
This is a novel of the aristocratic society of New York in the early 1900s. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty and sophisticated, is accepted by 'old money' and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But as she nears thirty, her foothold becomes precarious; a poor girl with expensive tastes, she needs a husband to preserve her social standing, and to maintain her in the luxury she has come to expect. Whilst many have sought her, something, fastidiousness or integrity, prevents her from making a 'suitable' match.