... exhaustive ... captures a game-changing cultural moment during the tumultuous years of the Gilded Age ... colorfully detailed ... In White’s hands, this slice of history is as entertaining as it is enlightening.
The dramatic lives of this book’s East Coast–socialite subjects will captivate White’s readers the way it captivated the American public a century ago. Just as fascinating, White expertly weaves in the politics of divorce (from churches to the courts to the White House) and does justice to the Divorce Colony women who she says started a revolution simply by seeking divorce ... A spellbinding look into a forgotten history, with engaging storytelling that makes it feel like a dramatic novel instead of the well-researched nonfiction it is. A must for anyone interested in women’s history.