11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Our August book is “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton. This 1905 novel, tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City’s high society around the turn of the last century. Wharton creates a portrait of a stunning beauty who, though raised and educated to marry well both socially and economically, is reaching her 29th year where her marital prospects are limited. The book traces Lily’s slow two-year social descent from privilege to a tragically lonely existence on the margins of society. In the words of one scholar, Wharton uses Lily as an attack on “an irresponsible, grasping and morally corrupt upper class.” Copies of the book are available from the Church Office, the Wichita Library, and Bookaholic. Please call the Church Office for the Zoom information.