Synopses & Reviews
Labor Day, 1976, Martha's Vineyard. Summering at the family beach house along this moneyed coast of New England, Fern and Edgar married with three children are happily preparing for a family birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred: There is no more money. More specifically, there's no more money in the estate of Fern's recently deceased parents, which, as the sole source of Fern and Edgar's income, had allowed them to live this beautiful, comfortable life despite their professed anti-money ideals. Quickly, the once-charmed family unravels. In distress and confusion, Fern and Edgar are each tempted away on separate adventures: she on a road trip with a stranger, he on an ill-advised sailing voyage with another woman. The three children are left for days with no guardian whatsoever, in an improvised Neverland helmed by the tender, witty, and resourceful Cricket, age nine.
Brimming with humanity and wisdom, humor and bite, and imbued with both the whimsical and the profound, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a story of American wealth, class, family, and mobility, approached by award-winner Ramona Ausubel with a breadth of imagination and understanding that is fresh, surprising, and exciting."
“Ramona Ausubel’s sparkling second novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty,
is packed with wisdoms. . . [this] glorious work will surely confirm
her as a vibrant, memorable voice in contemporary American letters.” The San Francisco Chronicle
“Weird and wonderful. . . Ausubel’s writing, melancholy and fine, shines
in illuminating everyday scenes of life. . . Even the throwaway details
are terrific.” The New York Times
About the Author
Ramona Ausubel is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of the novel No One Is Here Except All of Us and the short story collection A Guide to Being Born. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, One Story, The Paris Review Daily, Best American Fantasy, and elsewhere, and has received special mentions in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
She has been longlisted for The Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize, and a
finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions award and the