With her trademark wit and a sensitivity that has intensified since her last novel, Ausubel perfectly captures the unintentional irony and unavoidable hypocrisy that peppers (and, in the worst cases, defines) a marriage. Illuminating the story of a union's mounting tensions with those inherited from the blue-blooded bride's even bluer-blooded parents, the novel posits an engaging domestic drama against a sophisticated moral, nature vs. nurture argument.
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"A timely, sophisticated tale that] explores what happens when a charmed life loses its luster." -O Magazine
From the award-winning author of the new collection Awayland
, an imaginative novel about a wealthy New England family in the 1960s and '70s that suddenly loses its fortune--and its bearings.
An NPR Best Book of 2016
One of Best Books of Summer -O MagazineOne of The 12 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About -Harper's BazaarOne of 20 Books Perfect for Your Summer Vacay -Refinery29One of 22 Summer Books You Won't Want to Miss -Huffington PostOne of 19 Summer Books that Everyone Will be Talking About - Elle.comOne of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 -The MillionsOne of 30 Best New Books for Summer 2016 -Good HousekeepingOne of 30 Books You Should Read this Summer -Chicago Tribune
Labor Day, 1976, Martha's Vineyard. Summering at the family beach house along this moneyed coast of New England, Fern and Edgar--married with three children--are happily preparing for a family birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred: There is no more money. More specifically, there's no more money in the estate of Fern's recently deceased parents, which, as the sole source of Fern and Edgar's income, had allowed them to live this beautiful, comfortable life despite their professed anti-money ideals. Quickly, the once-charmed family unravels. In distress and confusion, Fern and Edgar are each tempted away on separate adventures: she on a road trip with a stranger, he on an ill-advised sailing voyage with another woman. The three children are left for days with no guardian whatsoever, in an improvised Neverland helmed by the tender, witty, and resourceful Cricket, age nine.Brimming with humanity and wisdom, humor and bite, and imbued with both the whimsical and the profound, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
is a story of American wealth, class, family, and mobility, approached by award-winner Ramona Ausubel with a breadth of imagination and understanding that is fresh, surprising, and exciting.