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June 20, 2012

Today's Featured Title and Contest June 20, 2012
This Special Newsletter spotlights a book we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Daily Contest by Thursday, June 21st at 11:59AM ET to win one of five copies of THE INNOCENTS by Francesca Segal. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!
Today's Featured Book and Contest: THE INNOCENTS by Francesca Segal

A smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion and commitment; a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton’s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.

Newly engaged and unthinkingly self-satisfied, 28-year-old Adam Newman is the prize catch of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London. He has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both 16, and now, to the relief and happiness of the entire Gilbert family, they are finally to marry. To Adam, Rachel embodies the highest values of Temple Fortune; she is innocent, conventional, and entirely secure in her community --- a place in which everyone still knows the whereabouts of their nursery school classmates. Marrying Rachel will cement Adam’s role in a warm, inclusive family he loves.

But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia, and when Rachel’s younger cousin Ellie Schneider moves home from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he’d care to admit. Ellie --- beautiful, vulnerable and fiercely independent --- offers a liberation that he hadn’t known existed: a freedom from the loving interference and frustrating parochialism of North West London. Adam finds himself questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence. What might he be missing by staying close to home?

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