I too love Renata Adler, but when I read the above item, I posted the following on Goodreads:
I wish I'd known about this. I would have recommended the works of Elise Sanguinetti, now sadly almost forgotten. I don't know where or how to start praising her four novels, THE LAST OF THE WHITFIELDS, THE NEW GIRL, THE DOWAGER, and BEDFORD'S STATION; but where some people might look at the tag of "Alabama author" and think "regional writer"--no, worse, "Southern Female Writer"--their themes are timeless and their historical resonances are an integral, so to speak, part of 20th American cultural history. Someone on Amazon has compared her to Louis Auchincloss, about whom my tattooed friend Ben Downing has written so eloquently, and I should add that while WHITFIELDS was re-issued by the University of Alabama Press, Sanguinetti (look up her family, the Ayers) is about as much exclusively Alabama as Auchincloss is Wall Street...or the eponymous academy in THE RECTOR OF JUSTIN.