The Reef

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The Reef
336 pages; Scribner


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My friend Holly Brubach recommended this as one of the sexiest books she'd ever read. This was published in 1912, so sexy doesn't mean body parts but atmosphere. For instance: Wharton describes a couple bumping into each other at the theater. They're attracted, nothing's been said yet...and somehow you're feeling the weight of the air between them-that loaded moment-and it's hard to breathe. I read that scene over and over again, trying to figure out how Wharton did it.
— Amy Gross