Not something that I would ever consider pick up, and was read as part of a book club read.
It is set in the upper echelons of New York society in the late 1800's, and Wharton has written about a series of families and their interactions. One of the cousins in this society has separated from her husband and this is seen as slightly scandalous. Archer, starts to fall in love with her, but ends up marring another girl.
Whilst it is is written fairly well, and she sets the scene of society at that time very well, I found that the characters were almost impossible to empathise with or connect to. They are too consumed with being seen to be in the right place and with the right people.
Has not encouraged me to read any other classics.