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The last book party : a novel

by Dukess, Karen,

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In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts{u2019} artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey{u2019}s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie{u2019}s exclusive and famed "Book Party"{u2014} where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.
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Booklist Review: "Eve Rosen has worked in publishing for most of her admittedly short career, but as an aspiring writer, she finds the constant access to other peoples' success draining. She jumps at a summer research assistantship, typing and filing for a venerated author at the New Yorker. Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie, live in Cape Cod, an area Eve's family has visited for decades. In Truro, where old and new money mingle, artistic and literary communities combine, and vibrant youth and established traditions collide, Eve uncovers more about herself than she ever dreamed possible. Readers aching for the sun-dappled intrigue of André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name (2007) or the wit of Francine Prose's Blue Angel (2000) will find a kindred reading experience here. Although some romantic entanglements ring a bit hollow, Eve's youthful optimism is entirely believable. Mixing ambivalence, nostalgia, and the power of innocence in an idyllic setting, this journey of self-discovery is an ideal summer read for those who might shun more typical beach-read offerings.--Stephanie Turza Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dukess's vivid debut travels back to the summer of 1987 when an aspiring writer lands a job as an assistant for a well-known writer. Eve Rosen is a secretary at Hodder, Strike and Perch, a publishing company. While staying in Truro, Mass., with her family during the summer, Eve is invited to a party at the home of writer Henry Grey, where she meets his carefree son, Franny, and the two engage in a brief affair. After realizing that her secretarial position is a career dead end, Eve takes Henry up on his offer of a research assistant position for the summer. Though she enjoys working for Henry, and he begins to value her opinion, their friendship changes into an affair they both understand will likely end once the summer is over. Henry and his wife, Tillie, meanwhile, continue to plan the their end-of-summer party where everyone dresses up as their favorite literary character. Eve's novelist friend Jeremy Grand comes for the party, but not all goes as planned, as Eve discovers some disturbing things about the origins of the plot of Jeremy's novel. Clever characterizations bolster this enticing coming-of-age story. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Books and reading Fiction
Authors Fiction
Ambition Fiction
Cape Cod (Mass.) Fiction.
Electronic books.
Love stories.
Domestic fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Henry Holt and Co.2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781250225467
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