“For fans of Wharton, this book is worth the listen as Fredericks, in an interview with careerauthors.com, said she strived to for it to “have the feel of a Wharton novel,” even mirroring passages after “The House of Mirth.” Indeed, the book feels like a Wharton novel. Kitty Hendrix is one of those narrators who adds to the quality of the work, as she captures each character’s personality while not distracting from the central text. She truly brings the story to life. “ – The Berkshire Eagle
New York City, 1911. Edith Wharton, almost equally famed for her novels and her sharp tongue, is bone-tired of Manhattan. Finding herself at a crossroads with both her marriage and her writing, she makes the decision to leave America, her publisher, and her loveless marriage.
And then, dashing novelist David Graham Phillips—a writer with often notorious ideas about society and women’s place in it—is shot to death outside the Princeton Club. Edith herself met the man only once, when the two formed a mutual distaste over tea in the Palm Court of the Belmont hotel. When Phillips is killed, Edith’s life takes another turn. His sister is convinced Graham was killed by someone determined to stop the publication of his next book, which promised to uncover secrets that powerful people would rather stayed hidden. Though unconvinced, Edith is curious. What kind of book could push someone to kill?
Inspired by a true story, The Wharton Plot follows Edith Wharton through the fading years of the Gilded Age in a city she once loved so well, telling a taut tale of fame, love, and murder, as she becomes obsessed with solving a crime.