Anna, an American widow living in France, has renewed her relationship with her first love, diplomat George Darrow. But on his way to her chateau, where he hopes to consolidate their marriage plans, Darrow encounters Sophy, who is as vibrant and spontaneous as Anna is reserved and restrained.
"I put most of myself into that opus, " Edith Wharton said of "The Reef, " possibly her most autobiographical novel. Published in 1912, it was, Bernard Berenson told Henry Adams, "better than any previous work excepting "Ethan Frome."
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