The Clasp

  • by Sloane Crosley
  • Narrated by David Pittu
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Part comedy of manners, part treasure hunt, the first novel from the writer whom David Sedaris calls "perfectly, relentlessly funny".
Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their 20s, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives - Kezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and the Eeyore-esque Victor, just fired from a middling search engine. They soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel.
In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom's bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she's never even told her son, about a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation of France.
And so a madcap adventure is set into motion, one that leads Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel from Miami to New York and LA to Paris and across France, until they converge at the estate of Guy de Maupassant, author of the classic short story "The Necklace".
Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley's inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake. Such a task might be possible when it comes to precious stones, but is far more difficult to pull off with humans.
Includes the short story "The Necklace", read by Barbara Rosenblat.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Slow starting, abrupt ending

It took me several weeks to get in to the book. It's starts very slowly and there's nothing that grabbed me to want to keep reading/listening.

Midway it finally perks up and the story and characters are developed and interesting.

Unfortunately, as I was wanting to hear more, the book ended!

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- Emily Brooke Lund


Would you try another book from Sloane Crosley and/or David Pittu?


What could Sloane Crosley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I wanted to like the story but the whole structure was flimsy and not engaging.

What aspect of David Pittu’s performance would you have changed?

He was okay. Not very exciting. A more modern voice might have enlivened the story -- he was a bit mannered.

Any additional comments?

One of the few titles from Audible I didn't enjoy.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio