Written largely in the first person, ?The Long Run? sees Wharton at her most reflective. The story focuses on Halston Merrick who, on reuniting with an old friend, is forced to re-evaluate many of his life choices. Through Merrick, Wharton explores the themes of ambition, self-deception, complacency, and apathy. Thoughtful and poignant, ?The Long Run? is ideal for fans of one of America?s most applauded novelists. Edith Wharton (1862 ? 1937) was an American designer and novelist. Born in an era when the highest ambition a woman could aspire to was a good marriage, Wharton went on to become one of America?s most celebrated authors. During her career, she wrote over 40 books, using her wealthy upbringing to bring authenticity and detail to stories about the upper classes. She moved to France in 1923, where she continued to write until her death.