Listen for Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth on May 10.

Listen for Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth on May 10.

Listen for Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth on May 10.

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May 2 2007 5:41 PM

Slate's Audio Book Club Returns

Listen for Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth on May 10.

You still have a week to read the latest Slate Audio Book Club selection, The House of Mirthby Edith Wharton.

Here's what book-club member Stephen Metcalf says about the choice:

The Book Clubbers chose The House of Mirth because, though we wanted to talk about Hermione Lee's new (and supposedly terrific) biography of Wharton, book-club listeners couldn't be expected to read it through, at least not in great numbers. Instead, we decided to choose a Wharton novel and then supplement our discussion with bits from the Lee biography. We settled on TheHouse of Mirth, I think, for several reasons: It's one of Wharton's three best (along with The Age of Innocence and TheCustom of the Country); it's a very moving book; and it's explicitly about themes that have re-emerged in this, our new Gilded Age.

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So, track down a copy of The House of Mirth—and, if you'd like, Hermione Lee's Edith Wharton: A Biography—and join us next Thursday, May 10, 2007.

Blake Wilson is a Slate contributor and former Slate editor.