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Triburbiaby Karl Taro Greenfeld
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Triburbia draws the lives of Tribeca's various residents, uncovering the deep betrayals they've committed against themselves and each other. Thrown together by circumstance, a group of fathers meet each morning at a local coffee shop after walking their children to their exclusive school. Over the course of a single year, we learn about their dreams deferred, their secrets and mishaps, their passions and hopes, as they confront terrible truths about ambition, wealth, and sex. Triburbia shows that our choices and their repercussions not only define our own lives, but irrevocably alter the lives of those we love. Wonderfully layered and complex, these linked stories, arranged like puzzle pieces, create a powerful portrait of a group of unlikely friends and their neighborhood in transition.
"Centered upon the intersecting lives of a handful of TriBeCa residents, Greenfield's novel charts the struggles, failures, and successes of a sound engineer, a gangster, a chef, a sculptor, a film producer, and a memoirist.Â With each chapter told from the perspective of one of the primary characters, this audio edition features a different narrator for each point of view.Â Although the cast hands in effective and consistent performances that ably capture the characters, listeners will, at times — particularly during transitions between longer chapters — find themselves confused about which character is saying what. Additionally confusing are sections of dialogue — as each narrator must also voice the book's other primary characters. Still, listeners willing to stick it out will find this a compelling tale of life in New York City. A Harper hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This bold debut novel by the award-winning Greenfeld is a is a vivid portrait of family realities.
A group of fathers meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to school. The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being. Over the course of a single school year, we are privy to their secrets, passions, and hopes, and learn of their dreams deferred as they confront harsh realities about ambition, wealth, and sex. And we meet their wives and children, who together with these men are discovering the hard truths and welcome surprises that accompany family, marriage, and real estate at midlife.
About the Author
Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of five previous books, including the much-acclaimed memoir Boy Alone. Greenfeld's fiction has appeared in such renowned publications as The PEN/O Henry Prize Stories. A veteran editor and writer for The Nation, TIME, and Sports Illustrated, Karl has also been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, and Playboy, among others. Born in Kobe, Japan, Karl has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Tribeca.
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