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From the award–winning author of No One Is Here Except All of Us comes an imaginative novel about a wealthy New England family in the 1960s and ’70s that suddenly loses its fortune—and its bearings.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ramona Ausubel has given us a brilliantly imagined novel about family and fortune and the hidden knots between…A book brimming with life by an author bursting with talent.”

    Maggie Shipstead, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Weird and wonderful…Ausubel’s writing, melancholy and fine, shines in illuminating everyday scenes of life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ausubel’s timely, sophisticated tale explores what happens when a charmed life loses its luster.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Devilishly imaginative”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Ausubel charts the unfolding crisis with tenderness, wit, and a sly understanding of wealth and its limitations.”


  • “Ausubel’s often whimsical prose is in top form yet again as she imbues the story with her signature touch of magic. This one’s just lovely.”


  • Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a charming summer tale of wealth and its loss…It’s not easy to make the travails of one-percenters sympathetic to the Costco-shopping rest of us, but if there’s a novelist up to the task of charming a reader into submission, it’s Ramona Ausubel, who writes heartfelt, quirky fiction with winsome prose….Fern and Cricket especially endear through their apt, universal observations on motherhood and childhood.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is packed with wisdoms…A terrific exuberance and tenderness drives the telling, as it wings back and forth in time: full-blooded, sorrowing, funny, lush with backstories and images so acute you read them twice, three times…Someone got it right this time, in the form of a kind of hymn. Her name’s Ramona Ausubel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Ausubel alternates her drama, detailing in one chapter the next stage of the family unraveling in 1976, and in the next describing how the family formed in the late 1960s. Both time frames have their fair share of fresh, witty, and skillfully imagined scenes…Ausubel’s characters steer her bold and absorbing novel and keep us emotionally invested in their foibles, ideals, and desires.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Full of wisdom and wonderfully meditative insights on wealth and class in America, Sons and Daughters is both highly imaginative and philosophical in scope.”


  • “Fortunes and hearts are lost and found in a modern fairy tale set in the 1960s and ‘70s…Ausubel’s magical, engrossing prose style perfectly fits this magical, engrossing story.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Ausubel offers an incisive look at these schismatic years in American history and how they affect this couple and their friends and family members…There is true wit in the author’s depiction of these tumultuous decades, and with characters this memorable, the pages almost turn themselves.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As the narrative moves between 1966, 1967, and 1976, Ausubel considers the historical plight of Native Americans and the legacy of slavery on wealth. Known for her fabulist fiction, Ausubel offers a piercing view of the subtleties of class and privilege and what happens when things go awry.”


  • “After a financial upending levels a family’s sunny life, their individual journeys wrest them farther away from each other and deeper into the heart of the reader. Ramona Ausubel, easily one of the most inventive writers around, chronicles their odyssey with prodigious tenderness and nimble magic. Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a wild wonder of a novel.”

    Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth and Find Me

  • “This is the book about class and love that I’ve been waiting for. A riches-to-rags story with all the twists and unraveling you could want, embroidered divine in the wizardy mind of Ramona Ausubel, whose imagination and music are simply peerless. A gorgeous and moving must-read!”

    Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold, Fame, Citrus

  • A Millions.com Pick for Most Anticipated Books of 2016
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  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2016
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • An Elle Magazine Pick for 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About
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