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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caitlin Macy Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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George Lenhart's New York is a retro-Manhattan, a Cheeveresque world of clubs, cocktails, and cards. Heading to Wall Street after college, Lenhart takes up with his old boarding school crowd, a group of young men and women who have every intention of amusing themselves and none at all of growing up. At the center of the frivolity is a girl - the girl - careless, fickle Kate Goodenow, whom George watches, as he always has, as she plays Hearts with one young man after another, but never with him. The threat to this world of monied and formerly monied WASPs arrives in the form of Harry Lombardi, a middle class Catholic gate-crasher, desperate to learn the fundamentals of play. When Harry's blunders call a halt to all the fun, George must decide whether the only game he knows is worth the price of playing.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meredith | 2/13/2014

    " Its been done. Metropolitan, the film, did it very well, but this book left me, indifferent? Too predictable? Too distant, I didn't care about the characters - I wasn't mesmerized as I should have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dena | 2/3/2014

    " And see, I know it's a different novel, a different milieu, a different time, but I found this to be much more resonant than, say, PREP (or even GOSSIP GIRL). I read this at the same time as the Aimee Bender and the Kevin Brockmeier (perhaps?), up in Western Massachusetts, and together they all created a world as substantial and desirable as cotton candy for me. And I've remembered it fondly and desultorily looked for it from time to time. So I think you should read it, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " This is Gatsby set in New York, modern day times. I hope that Ms. Macy tips her hat to Fitzgerald while touring or giving interviews. That said, I enjoyed this book. I like the idea of taking an old story and setting it in modern day times (i.e. Jane Smiley's, "A Thousand Acres," or Helen Fielding's, "Bridget Jones's Diary", and David James Duncan's, "The Brothers K"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janine | 1/18/2014

    " V. great gatsby for the post dot-com era "

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