28 January 2019

The Penguin Classics Book Club will be hosted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can explore and join the conversation using the hashtag #ClassicsClub. We'll announce the next pick ahead of each new season to give you enough time to get a copy before we start exploring it.

This season's classic book

Summer by Edith Wharton

Seventeen-year-old Charity Royall is desperate to escape life with her hard-drinking adoptive father. Their isolated village stifles her, and his behaviour increasingly disturbs her. When a young city architect visits for the summer, it offers Charity the chance to break free. But as they embark on an intense affair, will it bring her another kind of trap? Regarded by Edith Wharton as among her best novels, Summer caused a sensation in 1917 with its honest depiction of a young woman overturning the rules of her day and attempting to live on her own terms.
 

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