Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Innocents: A Story for Lovers
Sinclair Lewis


The Appleby’s are happy couple. Often referring to the other as “father” or “mother”, the couple have remained as affectionate and passionate as newlyweds, and both are energetic despite their old age. Though they feel young and full of life, their adult daughter, with whom they share a difficult relationship with, and the rest of society, hardly agrees. It is suggested that the couple consider retiring and moving to an assisted living facility. Disenfranchised and underestimated, Mrs. and Mr. Appleby resent the assumption that their lives are over, and in attempt to satiate their desires and prove the others wrong, they decide to take a risk. Working toward a long-held dream, the Appleby’s risk their life savings to open a roadside café in New England, despite the protests and doubts of their daughter. Excited and optimistic, the two begin their business journey ready for any obstacle in their way, or so they thought.

The Innocents: A Story for Lovers examines the issue of discrimination against the elderly and the dissonance often present between one’s own identity and the identity that is perceived by society.

Paperback, 114pp
Mint Editions, 2021 (1917)
ISBN 9781513279237