As part of our Best Books of 2010 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.
I read a review copy of The Privileges back in October of 2009, and I’m still talking about the book now. When we were compiling our Best of 2010 list, I kept thinking . . . shouldn’t we rank it a little bit higher? As we started to compile our Best Jackets of 2010 (stay tuned for that list), I wondered . . . maybe we should include The Privileges! I have a couple of book exchanges to attend in the coming weeks. Maybe I’ll bring The Privileges!
You get the idea.
So what is it about The Privileges?
It’s a sexy page-turner about a young couple serious about starting their adult lives and being as successful as possible. They marry young, start having babies and the husband—Adam—takes to working on Wall Street. They eventually accumulate so much wealth that they’re able to start a foundation—which is great, except for a couple of dirty words that enable the whole lifestyle: insider trading.
Jonathan Dee’s novel is about many things: the transformation of a couple over the course of their life together; the development (or lack thereof) of a moral compass; the responsibility and pains that come with being incredibly privileged. One thing Dee is not is judgmental of his characters—who are very much alive on the page, in all their narcissistic glory. As BookPage reviewer Robert Weibezahl wrote in our January issue: “It’s hard to imagine anyone liking, or even sympathizing with, Adam and Cynthia, and yet Dee’s discerning portrayal of their inner lives keeps the pages turning.”
It’s a complex, memorable book about the kind of people many of us love to hate—especially post-Bailout. Lucky for readers, the paperback came out in October. Will you pick it up?
Read a full review of The Privileges in BookPage.
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