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Mother's Recompense

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In "Mother's Recompense," Edith Wharton masterfully depicts the complicated relationship between a mother and her daughter. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century society, the novel explores themes of sacrifice, duty, and the struggle for independence.

The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, especially the protagonist Kate Clephane, whose inner turmoil and conflicting desires are expertly portrayed by Wharton. The author's sharp wit and keen observations of human nature shine through in every page, making the novel a captivating and thought-provoking read.

Wharton's prose is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to a bygone era filled with societal expectations and norms. The novel is a poignant exploration of the complexities of motherhood and the sacrifices that come with it, as well as a meditation on the nature of love and forgiveness.

Overall, "Mother's Recompense" is a compelling and beautifully written novel that will resonate with readers long after they have finished it. Wharton's keen insight into the human psyche and her ability to illuminate the complexities of relationships make this a timeless and unforgettable work of literature.

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Kate Cephane, now living in self-imposed exile in France, left her three-year-old daughter Anne behind when she fled her impossibly unhappy marriage for a brief affair. When Anne asks her to return because she is getting engaged, Kate risks the scorn and scandal of New York elite society to be reconciled. When she finds out the identity of her daughter's fiancé, Kate is caught in the dilemma of how to prevent the marriage without revealing her past. Either way she will risk losing her daughter once more.

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