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Publisher Comments:

Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone, delivers a stylish first novel about a group of families in a fashionable Manhattan neighborhood wrestling with the dark realities of their lives.

A book reminiscent of Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, Greenfeld's Triburbia is a bold literary tour de force in which the author renders New York City's vibrant and affluent Tribeca neighborhood as a living breathing, character, much like Armistead Maupin did with San Francisco in his acclaimed Tales of the City. Winner of the PEN/O Henry Prize, Greenfeld dazzles as a debut novelist, marking the beginning of a brilliant career in long-form literary fiction.

Review:

“Greenfeld's sensitivity to nuances of the zeitgeist and his keen observational skills make his characters (some of whom will seem eerily familiar to longtime residents of downtown Manhattan) instantly recognizable as creatures of their time and place without quite denying them their humanity.” Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Greenfeld reveals his characters humanity with sly humor and an unerring eye.” People

Review:

“Greenfeld taps into something universal with Triburbia....An accomplished journalist, Greenfeld brings a reporters curiosity and an artists empathy to his crackling, observant first novel.” Entertainment Weekly

Review:

“Greenfeld is an acute social observer, but Triburbia is more than a chronicle of fading hipness; its also a loving examination of marital and family trials and ties.” Boston Globe

Review:

“The pleasures of Karl Taro Greenfeld's writing are easy to catalog — a crystalline, terrifically readable prose style; a vast repository of trenchant observations; and a caustic sense of humor that recalls Jonathan Franzen yet with a refreshing economy of speech.” San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

Dubliners for the middle-aged downtown set....Mr. Greenfeld's prose is as lean and declarative as a newspaper article, though there are moments of creepy comic brilliance.” The Observer

Review:

Triburbia is darkly humorous, occasionally lascivious, unsparing in its condemnations of the main characters and intrepid in its honest descriptions of the human conscience….But it's not a sad book. It's a candid one. And a good one. It is reassuring, cathartic even.” Downtown Magazine

Review:

Triburbia is a snapshot of a Manhattan subculture at a certain moment in time....An acclaimed memoirist and journalist turns to fiction to capture the spirit of his neighborhood in the full throes of gentrification.” Shelf Awareness

Review:

“Compelling....Greenfeld brilliantly illuminates the pecking order and power plays behind the smug façade of this fashionable urban fortress....A surprising, involving, and strikingly perceptive tale of social and personal metamorphoses.” Booklist (starred review)

Review:

“An absorbing first novel....Greenfeld wields his critiques, humor, and observations to create a compelling little universe.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

“Pitch-perfect, dry, and smart, this is a vivid portrait of New York, our lives, our loves, and our hearts.” Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief

Review:

Triburbia is a chorus of voices so sharp, vivid, and finely tuned that New York sounds as if it's speaking directly to us. But more than a portrait of a neighborhood, its also an absorbing exposé of the extravagant preoccupations and dark desires of the new millennium.” Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints

Review:

“Voyeurism this seductive and satisfying is usually attended with a trespassing charge. Thanks are owed to Karl Taro Greenfeld for removing the nasty middleman of legal repercussion.” Amelia Gray, author of Threats

Review:

“I loved Triburbia, loved dropping in on these wonderful characters with their outsized appetites and ambitions....Most of all, though, I loved Karl Taro Greenfeld's deft satirical touch, the searing empathy with which he offers up his privileged, damaged people to the world.” Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets

Review:

Triburbia, should share space on the shelf next to Tom Perrotta's Little Children and Jeffery Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides.” Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh

Review:

“The excellent Triburbia brings to mind such modern masters as Cheever, Updike, and Salter, but Greenfeld delivers his own wonderfully sharp-eyed take on recent American life....This is fiction of the first rank — intense, suspenseful, and relevant in the most urgent way.” Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

Review:

“Set on the streets of Manhattan's Tribeca as it transforms from an artist's haven to a place for yuppies and their children, Triburbia showcases Karl Taro Greenfeld's exceptional talent as both a storyteller and satirist.” Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief

About the Author

Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of five previous books: the much-acclaimed memoir Boy Alone; NowTrends; China Syndrome; Standard Deviations; and Speed Tribes. His writing has appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review, Playboy, One Story, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Best American Short Stories, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He currently lives in Tribeca with his wife, Silka, and their daughters, Esmee and Lola.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062132406
Author:
Greenfeld, Karl Taro
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-Urban Life
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.612613 in 10.4 oz

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Product details 272 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780062132406 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Greenfeld's sensitivity to nuances of the zeitgeist and his keen observational skills make his characters (some of whom will seem eerily familiar to longtime residents of downtown Manhattan) instantly recognizable as creatures of their time and place without quite denying them their humanity.”
"Review" by , “Greenfeld reveals his characters humanity with sly humor and an unerring eye.”
"Review" by , “Greenfeld taps into something universal with Triburbia....An accomplished journalist, Greenfeld brings a reporters curiosity and an artists empathy to his crackling, observant first novel.”
"Review" by , “Greenfeld is an acute social observer, but Triburbia is more than a chronicle of fading hipness; its also a loving examination of marital and family trials and ties.”
"Review" by , “The pleasures of Karl Taro Greenfeld's writing are easy to catalog — a crystalline, terrifically readable prose style; a vast repository of trenchant observations; and a caustic sense of humor that recalls Jonathan Franzen yet with a refreshing economy of speech.”
"Review" by , Dubliners for the middle-aged downtown set....Mr. Greenfeld's prose is as lean and declarative as a newspaper article, though there are moments of creepy comic brilliance.”
"Review" by , Triburbia is darkly humorous, occasionally lascivious, unsparing in its condemnations of the main characters and intrepid in its honest descriptions of the human conscience….But it's not a sad book. It's a candid one. And a good one. It is reassuring, cathartic even.”
"Review" by , Triburbia is a snapshot of a Manhattan subculture at a certain moment in time....An acclaimed memoirist and journalist turns to fiction to capture the spirit of his neighborhood in the full throes of gentrification.”
"Review" by , “Compelling....Greenfeld brilliantly illuminates the pecking order and power plays behind the smug façade of this fashionable urban fortress....A surprising, involving, and strikingly perceptive tale of social and personal metamorphoses.”
"Review" by , “An absorbing first novel....Greenfeld wields his critiques, humor, and observations to create a compelling little universe.”
"Review" by , “Pitch-perfect, dry, and smart, this is a vivid portrait of New York, our lives, our loves, and our hearts.”
"Review" by , Triburbia is a chorus of voices so sharp, vivid, and finely tuned that New York sounds as if it's speaking directly to us. But more than a portrait of a neighborhood, its also an absorbing exposé of the extravagant preoccupations and dark desires of the new millennium.”
"Review" by , “Voyeurism this seductive and satisfying is usually attended with a trespassing charge. Thanks are owed to Karl Taro Greenfeld for removing the nasty middleman of legal repercussion.”
"Review" by , “I loved Triburbia, loved dropping in on these wonderful characters with their outsized appetites and ambitions....Most of all, though, I loved Karl Taro Greenfeld's deft satirical touch, the searing empathy with which he offers up his privileged, damaged people to the world.”
"Review" by , Triburbia, should share space on the shelf next to Tom Perrotta's Little Children and Jeffery Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides.”
"Review" by , “The excellent Triburbia brings to mind such modern masters as Cheever, Updike, and Salter, but Greenfeld delivers his own wonderfully sharp-eyed take on recent American life....This is fiction of the first rank — intense, suspenseful, and relevant in the most urgent way.”
"Review" by , “Set on the streets of Manhattan's Tribeca as it transforms from an artist's haven to a place for yuppies and their children, Triburbia showcases Karl Taro Greenfeld's exceptional talent as both a storyteller and satirist.”
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