It is spring semester, so we must be studying literature! Spring 2017 will find the Provocative Literature Study Circle discussing Edith Wharton's House of Mirth. "Is Lily Bart a victim of circumstance or an agent of her own destruction? Edith Wharton's acutely observed novel poses this question as it follows Lily's tragic path through the country houses, card tables and drawing rooms of New York's beau monde at the turn of the 20th century." (The Guardian 12/18/2010) Join Provocative Lit members in a spirited discussion of New York society in the early 1900s and Lily's place in a society that will only accept her on its terms. We will be discussing the transition from the Gilded Age to World War I, social hierarchy, the precarious position of and pressures on women, and who is ultimately responsible for Lily's demise. Opinions will vary, which leads to excellent discussion! We will also be looking into the author's life and own experience in New York society for clues as to why she returns to this setting to explore Lily's fate...or is it free will? We will have five discussions in which to decide. Please try to have the book read before the first class.