[The Unfortunates] Kindle Ó Sophie McManus

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  • The Unfortunates
  • Sophie McManus
  • English
  • 10 January 2018
  • 9780374114503

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The Unfortunates Free download ¿ 102 In opulent decline Afflicted with a rare disease and touched by mortality for the first time she finds her gilded by gone values colliding with an unforgiving present Along with her troubled son George and his out sider wife Iris CeCe must face the Somners' dark legacy and the corrupting nature of wealth As the Somner family struggles to find a solution to its troubles the secrets and lies between CeCe George and Iris grow entangled CeCe's world t. I really don t know how to rate this book I love hated it was blown away and frustrated by it in eual measure I started reading The Unfortunates ahead of a reader s retreat at which I would be meeting the author When I arrived at Booktopia I was about half way finished and having trouble The book is densely language driven and character driven and the characters are slightly absurd caricatures almost of themselves a super rich NY family living in a mansion on the sound in CT The matriarch CeCe is the most ridiculous but in the end also the most endearing She has an illness similar to Parkinson s and is admitted into a phase 2 drug trial While she is away at the treatment facility her adult son whom she keeps on a short trust fund leash produces an awful opera and in doing so sets his family on a swift path to financial ruin and embarrassmentThe last third of the book makes up for the lack of action in the first two thirds and is dizzying in its swift portrayal of a downward spiral The last events like the early character portrayals also seem absurd but make for a pleasurable watching a car wreck race to the finish McManus is a really good writer and while I found the book frustrating at times I suspect CeCe and the rest of the Somner s will stay with me for a long time

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The Unfortunates Free download ¿ 102 This extraordinary debut novel by Sophie McManus is a contemporary American tragedy of breathtaking scope a dramatic story of pharmaceutical trials and Wall Street corruption; of pride and prejudice; of paranoia and office politics; of inheritance influence class and powerCecilia Somner's fate hangs in the balance A larger than life heiress to a robber baron's fortune once known as much for her cruel wit as for her tremendous generosity CeCe is now. Just often enough some unknown writer darts from the forest of little magazines to publish a novel that blows away the gathering shades of cultural despair Last year there was Smith Henderson s Fourth of July Creek about a social worker in Montana In April Viet Thanh Nguyen published a cerebral spy thriller called The Sympathizer This month that invigorating surprise comes from a 37 year old New Yorker named Sophie McManus Her first novel The Unfortunates merges Old World elegance and modern irony in a brilliant social satire of life among the 1 percent of the 1 percent The result is a novel about money and how having too much or too little can twist the spine and the spirit It s such a trenchant vision of American aristocracy that copies should be printed on Crane stationery and delivered by a white gloved chauffeurMcManus attended Vassar and Sarah Lawrence and her father was the editor in chief of Time Warner but To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpwwwwashingtonpostcomenterta

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