The Hazards of Good Breeding

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.54 X 0.76 X 8.18 inches | 0.57 pounds
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About the Author

Jessica Shattuck is the New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle; The Hazards of Good Breeding, a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award; and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, and Wired, among other publications.


Reading Jessica Shattuck's pitch perfect first novel is like spying on the children and grandchildren of John Cheever's Wapshots.--Mark Rozzo
In her poised and astute first novel...Shattuck unleashes a skewering gift for social commentary.--Jennifer Egan
Shattuck is a wonderful writer. Her domestic interiors and etched portraits of 'Bostonus erectus' evoke the surface of Vermeer, the gentle bite of Austen...A gracefully choreographed novel that shines a sharp, clear light on a dying world and brings it to vivid life.
[With a] keen understanding of human nature and frailty [Shattuck] often displays a magnetic use of detail that not only makes her scenes come visually alive but also illuminates character.
Jessica Shattuck has written a thoughtful and elegant first novel, full of insight and humor. It is set in a rarefied world, one that she knows intimately and reveals perceptively; one which, for all its flaws and eccentricities, she loves.--Roxana Robinson
With her sharp eye for detail and witty, winning prose, Jessica Shattuck takes the familiar story of a high-WASP family's demise and turns it on its head. There are at least fifteen certifiable pleasures in every paragraph of this charming, intelligent, exceedingly well-crafted debut.--Helen Shulman
The Hazards of Good Breeding is a stunning first novel...In this midsummer night's dream of a story, her themes of social disintegration and search for responsibility are playfully worked to reveal an endgame of moving redemption.--Maureen Howard