Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other.
With Adam'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'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.
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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.
Dee is a writer of skill and emotional depth. His latest, The Privileges, should catapult him to darling status--deservedly. . . . an electric, funny, tragic, loving tale.--Time Out NY Graceful, articulate and perceptive, and often hilariously funny...Dee's lively shimmering prose illuminates wonderfully observed dystopian moments...[his] writing is so full of elegance, vitality and complexity...at once funny, subversive and sympathetic.--New York Times Book Review
Dee has a great eye for detail, physical and emotional, and invites us to watch with eyes wide open as the Morey family sails past disaster into a future most people--until they read about such matters in novels as good as this -- would think they would like to inhabit.--NPR A deliciously sophisticated engine of literary darkness.--The Guardian The novel goes down like a perfectly chilled glass of champagne--crisp, sparkling and delicious.--Bookforum Lucidly written and with a pitch-perfect ear for contemporary mores and dialogue, The Privileges is entertaining--and morally ambiguous.--Economist
[The Privileges] blends social commentary with psychological exploration...Dee has a gifted essayist's way with a phrase.--Seattle Times Dee is a seamless writer...[he] never mocks his characters or subverts their charms...[which] separates The Privileges from other novels that mine the same shimmering urban terrain.--Philadelphia Inquirer
[Dee] adeptly penetrates the mindset of these relentlessly narcissistic characters...[His] discerning portrayal of their inner lives keeps the pages turning.--BookPage
Captivating [and] shrewdly realistic. --Salon.com Striking the right note for our times, Dee precisely captures the unethical world of a Manhattan hedge-fund manager, his disaffected daughter, and the glittering dangers of success.--Daily Beast 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