Who Is Rich?

  • by Matthew Klam
  • Narrated by David Costabile
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A provocative satire of love, sex, money, and politics that unfolds over four wild days in so-called "paradise" - the long-awaited first novel from the acclaimed author of Sam the Cat
Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It's a place where, every year, students - nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time - show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prizewinning playwrights, actors, and historians, drunkards and perverts, members of the cultural elite, unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars - a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional.
Once more Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family's nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival. He can't decide whether his own very real desire for love and human contact is going to rescue or destroy him.
A warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, Who Is Rich? goes far beyond to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.


What the Critics Say

"I seriously, deeply love this book." (Michael Cunningham)
"What a thrill to experience the fusion of Matthew Klam's fierce, kinetic prose with the mysteries of fatherhood and domesticity. Who Is Rich? is an electric amalgam of frustration and tenderness, wonder and rebellion: a paean to the obliterating power of parental love." (Jennifer Egan)
"Who Is Rich? is a tantalizing novel - acute and smart and stark, but mostly it's unrelentingly funny about a large number of very inappropriate things." (Richard Ford)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Loved Klam's earlier story collection, especially the one about the wedding toast, but couldn't finish this new novel. The protagonist is generally feckless and what he gets into seemed dull to me. Bellow wrote the book on protagonists whose life isn't working very well, especially Henderson the Rain King. That's a tough comparison, but we know from his stories that Klam can do better. Some readers add value; this one didn't for me.
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- Dundas I. Flaherty

Self-indulgent, Repititious

I selected this book based on recommendations by GoodReads "if you liked The Nix you might like this book." I am sorry I wasted my time listening to this narrative. Taking place over 5 days, Rich examines his disappointing life, making excuses for his bad choices, disloyalty, adultery, and lack of real ambition. The other characters are equally immature and overall unlikeable. Too many extraneous names of unimportant characters take up valuable airtime.

Rich is an immature whiner. Grow up and take responsibility for your life, your choices and your behavior. Quit living on your head.

Readers do not waste your time or money on Rich and his sorry saga.
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- Calvert Necker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio