Daily Archives: May 6, 2013

The Innocents by Francesca Segal


In The Innocents, boy meets (remarkably old-fashioned and very proper) girl, dates girl forever, finally gets engaged, and promptly falls in love (lust?) with said girl’s wild cousin. Confusion ensues, although the proper girl is dim-witted enough not to notice the problem, even though her dad (for whom, conveniently, the boy works) has his suspicions. Out of nowhere there is a Madoff-like fraud that seems rather incongruous and doesn’t add much to the story. Alas, the best character is the feisty, holocaust-survivor grandma and neither the inane bride nor her confused groom.

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