There are few times in one’s life that you can say, “I’ll remember this as long as I live.” Last night was one of those moments. I had the opportunity to read to a sold-out crowd on the terrace at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s beloved home. It was a glorious night with china blue early evening skies, the gardens in their fullest bloom, and temperatures that made me want to move to the Berkshires!

I can’t quite describe the emotion I felt as I stood at the podium looking towards the house that Edith built with so much love. The truth is — I felt she was there with all of  us. I’ve worried that Edith wouldn’t want me to tell her story. She was a very private person. But last night, the feeling was so felicitous, so joyous, well, surely, she was smiling.

And I’ll share a funny moment. I have always felt that the Mount was familiar to me. As I mentioned in my last post, when I walked into the Drawing Room for the first time, I had deja vu. It was absolutely as I imagined it. Last night I stepped into the Drawing Room again and said to the docent, “Didn’t there used to be a table along that far right wall?” She looked at me rather strangely.

“There’s a photo over there of how the room looked in Edith’s day,” she told me. And yes, there was a long dark table on that wall, just as I knew there had been. Edith believed in ghost stories. I can’t say I ever have. But last night, I believed!

I want to thank The Mount for their kind and wonderful invitation to read, and Viking for helping to make it all happen. I’m a very lucky author indeed!

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  • http://ciaodomenica.blogspot.com/ Sunday Taylor

    Jennie, I am so excited to discover you and your book.  I had gone on the Mount’s blog recently and saw the post about your reading.  But until you commented on my recent blog post, I hadn’t had a chance to look into what your book is about or the wonderful details about  your reading.   Congratulations!   I can’t wait to read your book, since Edith Wharton is one of my favorite writers.  I just reread “The House of Mirth” and loved it. I have visited The Mount many times and feel it is one of the most special historic homes, with so much of Edith’s spirit there.  Truly an autobiographical house.  I didn’t know the details of her life that are mentioned in the Vogue spread, about Morton Fullerton, etc. and I can’t wait to learn more.  Hopefully the spread in Vogue this month on Edith and the Mount will increase visitors there.  All the best, Sunday

    • Jennie

      Sunday, thanks so much for taking the time to check out my website and comment! We’re kindred spirits as we both love Edith. I was so happy to see your early post of the Vogue spread which I heard about while at the Mount. Yes, what a house it is, and Edith feels right there in every room! I love your description: “a biographical house.” So true. And I also hope it sends more people there to enjoy it! Btw, I wrote a short story with a protagonist named Domenica! Sunday is just as special!

    • http://www.jenniefields.com/ Jennie Fields

      Sunday, thanks so much for taking the time to check out my website and
      comment! We’re kindred spirits as we both love Edith. I was so happy
      to see your early post of the Vogue spread (which I heard about while at
      the Mount.) Yes, what a house it is, and Edith feels right there in
      every room! I love your description: “a biographical house.” So true.
      And I also hope it sends more people there to enjoy it! Btw, I wrote a
      short story with a protagonist named Domenica! Sunday is just as
      special!