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Author: Caitlin Macy Narrator: Vanessa Johansson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781478917014
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In the well-heeled milieu of New York’s Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture.

Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women: Gwen Hogan, a childhood acquaintance who uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa’s single days, and Minnie Curtis, a newcomer whose vast fortune and frank revelations about a penurious upbringing in Spanish Harlem put everyone on alert.

When Gwen’s husband, a heavy-drinking, obsessive prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office, stumbles over the connection between Philippa’s past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing at all costs, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive into the new millennium.

Macy has written a modern-day House of Mirth, not for the age of railroads and steel but of hedge funds and overnight fortunes, of scorched-earth successes and abiding moral failures. A brilliant portrait of love, betrayal, fate and chance, Mrs. marries razor-sharp social critique and page-turning propulsion into an unforgettable tapestry of the way we live in the twenty-first century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deeply moving, hugely entertaining, utterly brilliant…Macy is an essential American voice.”

    Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brilliant…I absolutely loved it.”

    Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Macy skewers power parents in this entertaining, sharp-eyed portrayal of privilege and it’s price.”

    People

  • “A great next read for Big Little Lies fans.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Entertaining, clever…Mrs. reminds us that the rich are not so different from you and me.”

    USA Today

  • “A bristling, funny, and ultimately savage novel…It focuses on the depths of women’s experiences as wives and mothers…[and] the more important conflict with their husbands and with male power.”

    New York Times

  • “Inside a seductive microuniverse, the super competitive lives of three very different women intersect…[and] shocking secrets threaten to disrupt their lives, in this smart skewering of high society.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Macy builds a collision course of a plot, involving about three obscenities of ruthless ambition and extreme wealth, date rape, and insider trading.”

    NPR

  • “[A] fresh take on the society novel…Macy switches perspective each chapter, telling her story from the points of view of protagonists, peripheral characters, and even Greek-style choruses. The attention to behavioral detail, especially when seen through the eyes of Philippa’s young daughter Laura, is piercing and honest. Ultimately, a thesis emerges about the simplicity and selfishness of human nature.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A riveting, complex, and potent story of money, friendships, and family.”

    Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants

  • Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Book of the Day
  • A Real Simple Pick of Best Books of 2018 So Far
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice of the Week

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About the Author

Caitlin Macy is the author of several novels. A graduate of Yale, she received her MFA from Columbia. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications.

About the Narrator

Vanessa Johansson, Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a film and theater actress and voice-over artist who graduated from Carnegie Mellon and later trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.