Clinging to a semiprecarious
existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a
separation and are thoroughly wonderstruck by young twins whose
provenance is nothing less than miraculous, even as they contend with
the faded promise of a marriage tinged with suspicion and deceit.
Meanwhile, several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper
East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his
accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now
lacking in a life that often gives him pause—especially with regard to
his teenage daughter, whose wanton extravagance bears a horrifying
resemblance to her mother’s. But on a September morning, brightness
falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find
themselves working side by side at the devastated site, feeling lost
anywhere else, yet battered still by memory and regret, by fresh
disappointment and unimaginable shock. What happens, or should happen,
when life stops us in our tracks, or our own choices do? What if both
secrets and secret needs, long guarded steadfastly, are finally
revealed? What is the good life?
astonishing understanding and compassion, these questions power a novel
rich with characters and events, both comic and harrowing, revelatory
about not only New York after the attacks but also the toll taken on
those lucky enough to have survived them. Wise, surprising, and,
ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see through personal, social, and moral complexity—more clearly into the heart of things. Download and start listening now!