Who am I?
Why did Katherine love this book?
I’m obsessed with the Gilded Age, and Howells’ book drops you right in the middle of it, making NYC come alive with all its violence and divisions and beauty.
I owe this recommendation to the NY Times columnist Pamela Paul, and am so grateful for it because it was the ideal companion for a two-day trip up the northern California coast. You need a certain amount of solitude and quiet to let the story absorb you, and it’s so worth it.