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Publisher Comments:

Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have two children before Cynthia reaches the age of twenty-five. Adam is a rising star in the world of private equity and becomes his boss's protege. With a beautiful home in the upper-class precincts of Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful.

But the Moreys' standards are not the same as other people's. The future in which they have always believed for themselves and their children — a life of almost boundless privilege, in which any desire can be acted upon and any ambition made real — is still out there, but it is not arriving fast enough to suit them. As Cynthia, at home with the kids day after identical day, begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family's happiness and to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.

The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other. Lyrical, provocative, and brilliantly imagined, this is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it.

Review:

"Dee's four prior novels (Palladio; etc.) cast an intelligent, calculating eye on the culturally topical, which sparked comparisons to the writings of Updike, DeLillo and Franzen. The wedding of Adam and Cynthia Morey, a young and charming couple who quickly expand into a brood of four, begins Dee's fifth. Adam and Cynthia's nuanced personalities and playful, sincere exchanges form the novel's empathic backbone as Adam begins to profit immensely from risky side ventures while working for a hedge fund. Dee establishes a trust with his readers that allows Adam's murky business ethics to escape the spotlight of outright moral scrutiny, and by showing how Adam endangers his privilege — while his children endanger their own lives — Dee reveals how risk is a kind of numbing balm. April, Adam's daughter, responds to the boredom of material comfort by resorting to drug-induced self-effacement. The novel climaxes as the children face the possibility of their own death, though lucidity after mortal danger is fleeting: 'I can feel myself forgetting what it feels like to feel,' April says. Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A suspenseful, melancholy, and acidly funny tale about self, family, entitlement, and life's mysteries and inevitabilities." Booklist

Review:

"Gilded young go-getter creates, not always legally, a cocoon for his family in Dee's mostly buoyant fifth novel about money, family and mortality....Thoughtful and bracingly unpredictable, though the lack of a resolution is frustrating." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk." Library Journal

Review:

"Dee is graceful, articulate and perceptive, and often hilariously funny....[His] writing is so full of elegance, vitality and complexity that I'm happy to entertain any notion he comes up with." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A]n odd, transfixing account of the rise and rise of a 'charmed couple'...Composed in Dee's typically elegant style — gorgeous, winding sentences in which high diction and low brush up against each other..." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

An odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other, this work is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than one finds it.

Synopsis:

BONUS: This edition contains a "The Privileges "discussion guide.

Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other.

WithAdam's rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in

Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable

standard, successful. But for the Moreys, their future of boundless privilege is not

arriving fast enough. As Cynthia begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice

that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family'shappiness and

to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.

The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and

guided aboveall else by their epic love for each other.

About the Author

Jonathan Dee is the author of four novels, most recently Palladio. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent contributor to Harper's, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and the New School.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400068678
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Dee, Jonathan
Author:
Jonathan Dee
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Fiction : Sagas
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100105
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.52x6.40x.95 in. 1.03 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dee's four prior novels (Palladio; etc.) cast an intelligent, calculating eye on the culturally topical, which sparked comparisons to the writings of Updike, DeLillo and Franzen. The wedding of Adam and Cynthia Morey, a young and charming couple who quickly expand into a brood of four, begins Dee's fifth. Adam and Cynthia's nuanced personalities and playful, sincere exchanges form the novel's empathic backbone as Adam begins to profit immensely from risky side ventures while working for a hedge fund. Dee establishes a trust with his readers that allows Adam's murky business ethics to escape the spotlight of outright moral scrutiny, and by showing how Adam endangers his privilege — while his children endanger their own lives — Dee reveals how risk is a kind of numbing balm. April, Adam's daughter, responds to the boredom of material comfort by resorting to drug-induced self-effacement. The novel climaxes as the children face the possibility of their own death, though lucidity after mortal danger is fleeting: 'I can feel myself forgetting what it feels like to feel,' April says. Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A suspenseful, melancholy, and acidly funny tale about self, family, entitlement, and life's mysteries and inevitabilities."
"Review" by , "Gilded young go-getter creates, not always legally, a cocoon for his family in Dee's mostly buoyant fifth novel about money, family and mortality....Thoughtful and bracingly unpredictable, though the lack of a resolution is frustrating."
"Review" by , "Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk."
"Review" by , "Dee is graceful, articulate and perceptive, and often hilariously funny....[His] writing is so full of elegance, vitality and complexity that I'm happy to entertain any notion he comes up with."
"Review" by , "[A]n odd, transfixing account of the rise and rise of a 'charmed couple'...Composed in Dee's typically elegant style — gorgeous, winding sentences in which high diction and low brush up against each other..."
"Synopsis" by , An odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other, this work is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than one finds it.
"Synopsis" by , BONUS: This edition contains a "The Privileges "discussion guide.

Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other.

WithAdam's rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in

Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable

standard, successful. But for the Moreys, their future of boundless privilege is not

arriving fast enough. As Cynthia begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice

that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family'shappiness and

to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.

The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and

guided aboveall else by their epic love for each other.

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