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Author: Iris Martin Cohen Narrator: Brittany Pressley Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781488204326
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“A brilliant newcomer ... Cohen is not only a talented writer; she is an artist.”—Andre Aciman, New York Times-bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name, the novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning film

A love letter to classic literature and an illuminating look at newfound adulthood

Ava Gallanter is the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club, an ancient, dwindling Manhattan arts club full of eccentric geriatric residents stuck in a long-gone era. Twenty-five-year-old Ava, however, feels right at home. She leads a quiet life, surrounded by her beloved books and sequestered away from her peers.

When Ava’s enigmatic friend Stephanie returns after an unplanned year abroad, the intoxicating opportunist vows to rescue Ava from a life of obscurity. Stephanie, on the hunt for fame and fortune, promises to make Ava’s dream of becoming a writer come true, and together they start a Victorian-inspired literary salon at the Lazarus Club. However, Ava’s romanticized idea of the salon quickly erodes as Stephanie’s ambitions take the women in an unexpected—and precarious—direction.

In this humorous yet keenly observant coming-of-age story, Cohen brings us into a boisterous literary world bathed in hubris and ambition. With eloquent prose and affecting storytelling, The Little Clan is both a wickedly fun yet sharply insightful look at friendship, feminism and finding yourself in your twenties.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delicious read—beautifully written and observed, with a delightful sense of humor and all the giddy absurdity of new adulthood.”

    Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This smart, witty first novel will delight readers who enjoy quirky coming-of-age stories with a dash of highbrow humor.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Charming…sparkles with humor, heart, and an irresistibly irreverent love of books and bibliophile…Cohen’s vibrant, engaging style gives her characters an appealing depth that will leave readers longing for a sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cohen’s debut hits the perfect note for this tale of eccentric frenemies.”

    Library Journal

  • “Debut novelist Cohen has concocted a delightful domestic drama: Enigmatic Ben, irrepressible Stephanie, and lots of quirky characters surround Ava, whose mind is a fascinating place to visit as she learns to bring her love for all things literary into a world of shallow readers. A charming tale sure to delight book lovers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “It Girls meet Lit Girls in this delectably written tale.”

    Courtney Maum

  • “A brilliant newcomer whose prose races through the page but then knows exactly when to catch its breath to produce Jamesian inflections of unparalleled beauty. Iris Cohen is not only a talented writer; she is an artist. And the giveaway sign of every artist is to make both aspiring and established writers secretly envious.”

    André Aciman, author of Enigma Variations

  • “This debut novel is stunning; every sentence is a tiny masterpiece. The details of Ava’s world are immaculately rendered, and her misadventures are bold, cringe-inducing, and irresistible all at the same time. Reading this book makes me wish I could’ve passed some of my misspent youth at the House of Mirth.”

    Natalka Burian, author of Welcome to the Slipstream

  • “Stunning; every sentence is a tiny masterpiece.”

    Natalka Burian, author of Welcome to the Slipstream

  • “Cohen delightfully draws the intoxicating tribulations of coming-of-age in New York City. Her debut is a heartbreaking, and often hilarious, tale of female friendship.”

    Hannah Lillith Assadi, author of Sonora

  • “Like Edith Wharton in the East Village…The Little Clan is a charming, captivating read, but it’s also a witty, fiercely intelligent look at the ways women are lost and saved by dangerous friendships and literary obsessions.”

    Rebecca Godfrey, author of Under the Bridge

  • The Little Clan is a glittering little wonder. By turns gorgeously lyrical, laugh-aloud funny and almost breathtakingly astute, it’s a tongue-in-cheek love letter to old books and youthful imprudence that delights to the very last word.”

    Jennifer Cody Epstein, author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

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About the Author

Iris Cohen has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she received a Mariposa fellowship, and has studied Creative Nonfiction at the Writers Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, Bookforum, the New York Sun, the Austin Chronicle, and Habitus. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, volunteered at 826 Brooklyn, and also ran a successful literary salon and event space in the National Arts Club for four years. Born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.

About the Narrator

Brittany Pressley has won several Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She has recorded over one hundred titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association’s annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games. She is a graduate of Columbia University.