The upper-class Moulton family are travelling across Europe together. Mr Moulton, his daughter Lydia and his cousin Catalina are keen to travel third-class to Spain, in order to explore the country properly. To do so is unthinkable for the snobbish Mrs Moulton, and the disagreement soon causes a rift in the family. A fascinating novel by renowned author Gertrude Atherton, which deals with the themes of class, reputation and wealth. A story which also offers a wonderful glimpse of Europe following the turn of the century.
Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948) was an American novelist, short story writer and early feminist. Born in California, Gertrude attended schools in California and Kentucky and became widely read. She married George H.B. Atherton in 1876, and lived with him and his mother in San Francisco, where they had two children. Atherton struggled with married life, her husband did not support her writing ambitions and Gertrude found life as a wife and mother stifling. When her husband died at sea in 1887, Atherton felt free to pursue her burgeoning career as an author and went on to publish over 50 novels. She is best known for her California series of novels which explored the social history of California and included popular works such as ‘The Californians’ and the controversial ‘Black Oxen’ which was adapted into a silent movie in 1923. Feminist themes and strong female characters are common in her novels. She died in San Francisco in 1948.