Today Chelsey and Sara are trying something a little different and discussing a short story. First, we’ll deep dive into the dishy, gossipy, and glitzy world of Edith Wharton’s Roman Fever (this conversation sounds more like a discussion of The Bachelor than a work of classic lit!) and then we’ll share some contemporary authors who remind us of Wharton and short story collections we’re eager to read. Today’s discussion includes:
- Our relationships with short stories and why this one in particular made our jaws drop.
- Why Edith Wharton is the perfect classic author for lovers of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, and anyone who loves reading about “rich people problems.”
- The contemporary author Chelsey realized was the perfect pairing for Wharton’s sassy and drama-filled books.
Plus, as always, we’re recommending lots of contemporary books along the way, including short story collections we love and our favorite rich people problems books.
Read Roman Fever online for free: https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/pleasureofthetext/files/2016/10/Roman-Fever.pdf
Books discussed in today’s episode:
Florida by Lauren Groff (37:03)
Laugable Loves by Milan Kundera (38:22)
Lot by Bryan Washington (40:49)