I think we can all agree that part of the American Dream is the possibility of a Rags to Riches story for anyone. The Rise of Silas Lapham, written over 100 years ago, follows just such a success story.
Silas Lapham earns a fortune in the late 1800s in the paint industry. His family is suddenly thrust into the highest echelons of Boston society. How does an individual and a family handle such a dramatic change of circumstances? Can Silas maintain both his morality and humility despite his vast newfound wealth?
I read this many years ago and think of its many themes and lessons often. I love a novel that influences me like that.
High School Reading Level, 384 pages, Published in 1885.