The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
The Luxe is a wonderful book, recently released by BHS alum and New York Times best-selling author Anna Godbersen. It is set in socialite New York City, and details the lives of Manhattan’s most wealthy inhabitants. No, this isn’t Gossip Girl – the twist is that it takes place at the turn of the 20th century, 1899. The plot follows the outwardly innocent Elizabeth Holland, her maid Lina, the somewhat anarchistic younger Diana Holland, the debonair and attractive yet perpetual party boy Henry Schoonmaker, and
the scheming Penelope Hayes. The story opens on Elizabeth’s funeral, and the rest of the book is a flashback of the year leading up to it. and what a year it was – love triangles, parties, engagements, broken hearts, blackmail, kisses in closets, and hidden secrets. Although occasionally worrisome that this really is Gossip Girl after all, The Luxe provides enough twists on otherwise tired happenings to keep things fresh and interesting, and it is clear that Godbersen did her homework, as the book is chock full of historical details and excerpts from manners books for the elite of the time. Altogether a great book, it comes to you highly recommended.
Written by Reyna Class of 2011