The second title selected for T Magazine’s book club, Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel “The Custom of the Country” examines social ambition at its most unrelenting. Considered a tragicomedy of manners, the novel centers on the infamous antiheroine Undine Spragg, a young Midwestern woman who, upon arriving in New York City, becomes obsessed with acquiring both clout and wealth through a series of advantageous marriages, no matter the cost.
On Jan. 28, watch a virtual discussion of the book, featuring the novelist Claire Messud in conversation with T features director Thessaly La Force, that will address questions from readers. In the weeks leading up to the event, watch for articles on “The Custom of the Country” and its celebrated author at tmagazine.com. We hope you’ll read along.