Wednesday, August 7, 2013

HF Virtual Book Tours Guest Post and Giveaway: Jennie Fields, Author of The Age of Desire

I am very pleased to welcome Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire here to A Bookish Affair.


When many people hear the name Edith Wharton, they envision Ethan Frome.  The most sizzling part of that book is where Ethan reaches out and nervously touches the fabric that, Mattie, his wife’s cousin and the woman he loves, is in the process of hemming.  No wonder people think of Edith Wharton as a sexually uptight writer.  

Well, let me enlighten you. While researching my novel The Age of Desire, based on Edith’s life and her illicit love affair at the age of 45, I discovered that Edith Wharton wrote erotica!  And not PG erotica but triple X descriptions of every possible sexual act.  Titled Beatrice Palmato – and there is only a fragment left -- it was never published. Instead, it was found among her papers when she died.  Clearly, it was penned after her affair with Fullerton.  Perhaps she wrote it for herself.   What is most shocking about it – and it truly is shocking – is that it describes a scene of pleasurable, consensual sex between a grown daughter and her father!  Some scholars think she wrote the piece based on an Italian poem about such a story.

While I had a hard time with the incestuous nature of the piece, it was a gift for me as a writer because it gave me true insight into Edith’s own sexuality – how she experienced the pleasures of sex, and even how she experienced orgasm.  Since my book is about a mid-life sexual awakening, it would have been, to my mind, wrong to avoid those all-important sex scenes.  But I could never have written them confidently without this erotic roadmap from Edith herself.

The change in Edith after her affair didn’t stop with Beatrice Palmato.  Her later published work became bolder too, taking on some daring adult plots.  In The Reef, she writes about a man about to be married, who has a brief fling with a younger woman.  He is later mortified when his young lover shows up as governess for the child of his fiancĂ©.  The Mother’s Recompense is the story of a woman who has wild affair with a younger man who later asks her daughter to marry him.  If you’ve been thinking Edith Wharton is a fuddy-duddy old-fashioned writer, you don’t know Edith!


One lucky winner will win a copy of The Age of Desire (US only)!

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Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, July 29
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, July 31
Review at Peeking Between the Pages
Giveaway at vvb32 reads
Monday, August 5
Review at Carole’s Ramblings & Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Tuesday, August 6
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview at From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 7
Review at West Metro Mommy
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Thursday, August 8
Review at Book-alicious Mama
Friday, August 9
Review at vvb32 reads
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry
Monday, August 12
Review at Carpe Librum
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Tuesday, August 13
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Wednesday, August 14
Review at My Reader’s Block
Thursday, August 15
Review & Interview at A Bookish Libraria
Friday, August 16
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Monday, August 19
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, August 20
Review at The Cottage Bookshelf
Interview & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, August 21
Review at Book Addict Katie
Thursday, August 22
Review at Amused by Books
Review at Just One More Chapter
Friday, August 23
Review at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, August 26
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Review at Books, Belles and Beaux
Tuesday, August 27
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Guest Post at Books, Belles and Beaux
Wednesday, August 28
Review at The Lit Bitch
Thursday, August 29
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, August 30
Review at A Novel Review
Review & Giveaway at Books in the Burbs
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  1. I do not know very much about Edith Wharton but have enjoyed her books. Looking forward to learning more.

  2. This book would be fascinating and captivating. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This book looks interesting to me. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  4. Wow! The things I'd never have guessed about Edith Wharton! Great interview!

  5. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I know little of Wharton's private affairs. I'm surprised by what this author reveals. I'd love to read this book, thanks.

  7. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  8. This looks fabulous! I would love to learn more about Edith Wharton's life. Thanks for the giveaway.


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