It's the story of Lily Bart whose only "coin" is her beauty. She must trade it for a life of wealth and security, yet each time she has an opportunity to wed she finds she can't do it, that it would destroy the core of what she really is.
Society is most unforgiving of young women of limited means and they must take pains to protect their reputation. Through a series of misunderstandings and bad luck Lily learns who her true friends are.
Not a house of mirth at all, but rather a very sad one. I liked it so much I ordered another of her books. I won't be deleting this one from my Kindle, I foresee me returning to it and reading it many times.
The movie is My Afternoons With Margariette starring Gerard Depardieu (Germain) and Gisele