Although I felt that the beginning of the book was a tad slow, it soon grabbed my interest completely and I couldn’t put it down. I really like Bromfield’s writing style and his insights into his characters are simply brilliant. Even though this story was written 90 years ago, I feel like it is just as relevant today.
Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady by Louis Bromfield tells the story of the very wealthy Pentland family that is settled in New England and what happens when a member of their family, Sabine Callendar, returns to town after a long absence. Sabine grew up in the Pentland family, conforming to all of their rigid rules regarding proper social behavior, but she fled in her mid-20s. Now she has returned with an 18 year old daughter and a strong independent spirit that defies Pentland tradition. Her arrival shakes things up, especially the life of Olivia Pentland who married into the family and is approaching her 4oth birthday.
If you’ve been following my blog, you may know that I’m participating in a Back to the Classics Challenge for 2017 which you can read more about here. Bromfield won a Pulitzer Prize in 1927 for Early Autumn, so I’m counting this book as my award-winning classic for that challenge. I really loved this book and expect to re-read it in the future. I was so impressed by Bromfield’s writing and insights into people, I really must read more by him. The Rains Came sounds great to me because I enjoy reading novels that take place in India. Happy reading!