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Publisher's Summary

Two-time PEN/Faulkner Award nominee Claire Messud is hailed as "a writer of enormous skill and stylistic grace" by Publishers Weekly. This wonderfully crafted comedy of manners was called a "stinging portrait of life among Manhattan's junior glitterati" in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college dropout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making significant changes in their lives.
©2006 Claire Messud; (P)2006 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Tangy dialogue, provocative asides, glittering imagery, and nimble postulations build toward an electrifying and edifying conclusion." (Booklist)
"Her writing is so fluid, and her plot so cleverly constructed, that events seem inevitable, yet the narrative is ultimately surprising and masterful as a contemporary comedy of manners." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Diane on 11-11-06

Suzanne Toren a makes a good book great

The terrific performance by Suzanne Toren made this good book great. She doesn't merely read the book, she breathes life into each character. Each person is utterly distinct and vivid. I'd like to recomment this book to my book group, but only if they listened to this version instead of reading it!

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By Amazon Customer on 03-21-07

This is a best seller?

What a waste of my ears. I downloaded this book after reading glowing reviews of a work about post 9/11 life. It was an exercise in narcissism. The characters are self absorbed and though endlessly analyzing their own lives, have no real contact with the world outside of their egos. They go nowhere and do nothing, even as a collective tragedy occurs on their doorsteps.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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By Catherine on 10-12-08


this book was totally addictive, I wasn't really in the mood for it when I started it, but I couldn't put it down. One womans journey through history told through the lives of her family. Get out of your comfort zone and listen to this book, you won't regret it.

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