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Literature / The Luxe

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The Luxe is a series of teenage books by Anna Godbersen, set in New York in during the social season of 1899-1900, and dealing with the machinations of the rich and famous (plus some of their servants). The books are told from the alternating points of view of socialite Elizabeth Holland, her sister Diana Holland, their sometime maid Lina Broud, bachelor Henry Schoonmaker and Big Bad Friend Penelope Hayes.


The book covers each feature one of the main female characters in a Pimped-Out Dress. The Series is told in four parts.

  • Luxe (2007)
  • Rumors (2008)
  • Envy (2009)
  • Splendor (2010)

Provides examples of:

  • Revenge: Elizabeth pushing Snowden down a flight of stairs in retaliation for what he did to her family.
  • Rich Bitch: Penelope
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Edward Holland
    • Subverted in that he is thought to be this, but it turns out he was wiser than most of the Holland family, being able to figure out about Will and Elizabeth's secret romance years before anyone else and bequeathing them both oil lands in his will. His family is thrust into debt because Snowden kills him and steals and lies his way into claiming the Holland wealth. In fact, it was Edward Holland's uncanny ability to make sound, if slightly risky business decisions that resulted in him being killed.
  • Riches to Rags: The Holland Family
  • Running Gag: Do not call Penelope 'Penny'.
  • Sexless Marriage: With one notable exception, played straight with Henry and Penelope.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Elizabeth
  • Socialite: The entire main cast.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: After Will dies, Elizabeth experiences Morning Sickness and finds out that she is pregnant with his child.
  • Shipper on Deck: Isabelle Schoonmaker for Henry and Penelope
  • Spoiled Brat: Penelope
  • Staircase Tumble:Snowden Cairns
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Will has shades of this.
  • Trophy Wife: Isabelle Schoonmaker is William Schoonmaker's second, much younger wife
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Lina, upon the death of Carey Lewis Longhorn
  • Unwanted Spouse: Penelope is one to Henry.
  • Wealthy Ever After: Carolina and Claire Broad/Broud. The Hollands and their newfound Oil money likely count