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Unleavened Bread

Robert Grant

Book Overview: 

A businessman's selfish wife forces her way into upper society. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n have this admiring companionship continue; and yet it could not. Littleton had told her the day before that he was going back to New York and that it was doubtful if he would return. She would miss him. She would have the Institute and Mrs. Earle still, but her life would be less full.

Littleton was waiting for her at the church entrance. She followed him down the nave to the chancel where she listened dreamily to his presentation of the merits of the new decoration. He seemed inclined to talk, and from this presently branched off to describe with enthusiasm the plates of a French book on interior architecture, which he had recently bought as a long-resisted but triumphant piece of extravagance. Mechanically, they turned from the chancel and slowly made the round of the aisles. A short silence succeeded his professional ardor. His current of thought, in its reversion to home matters, had reminded him afresh of what was perpetually this morning uppermost in his . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Read this if you’re in the mood for an over long novel about an annoying social climber with a fascinatingly obnoxious sense of entitlement when it comes to her deserved place and rank in society. Also, Selma, if you love Benham so damn much, why don't you just marry it?

It is hard to imagine that this book was a best seller in 1900.  Reading this book some 120 years after it was written, it is easy enough to see that the author was trying to convey a character that many people would find unlikeable.  Indeed, reading the comments about this book that I could find st

Aspiring self-centered woman at turn of the century. Ending does not conclude but leaves reader to imagine. Contemporary 1900 novel.