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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (660 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karl Taro Greenfeld Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A group of fathers meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to school. The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex-offender posters around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being. Over the course of a single school year, we are privy to their secrets, passions, and hopes, and learn of their dreams deferred as they confront harsh realities about ambition, wealth, and sex. And we meet their wives and children, who together with these men are discovering the hard truths and welcome surprises that accompany family, marriage, and real estate at midlife.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 2/20/2014

    " I had a lot of fun reading this book, mostly because it reminded me of people I used to know. Filled with characters who came up in the entertainment, publishing and art worlds in the 90s, they are all suffering from middle aged ennui and a nostalgia for their carefree, glamorous lives. Unfortunately after meeting about ten of them, you really stop caring and just want them to get on with it. Greenfield is wonderfully playful though, and like someone you chatted up at a boozy party, the book will flash in your memory from time to time long after you've read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tamlyn | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good book. I liked the variety of stories and characters; my only problem was that I couldn't keep everyone straight so I'm sure I lost something in the story-telling. Even so, the stories were pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nette | 2/9/2014

    " This book consists of interlocked stories about some pretty loathsome moms and dads living in Tribeca: it was a good, fast read. I seem to be attracted to books about awful, privileged people in areas that used to be normal and that are now fancy. I think it's because I grew up in a normal little town that is now fancy and overrun with awful, privileged people. I especially like it when bad things happen to them! Hurray for schadenfreude! Next up: "Motherland" by Amy Sohn, which seems to be about loathsome hipster moms and dads living in Brooklyn. Can't wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Audrey | 1/28/2014

    " Is Karl Taro Greenfield's Triburbia a perfect Instagram of American life? His style captivates, his characters are complex. His plots are tight, wry, heart wrenching. I say "plots" because the novel is written as a series of interlocking short stories which build a vivid picture of a particular culture in a very particular place. It felt real to me, but what do I know? I found myself wanting to hear what someone from Tribeca in the '90s(?) thought of the stories. But of course I wasn't in Austen's England of the late 1800s either, yet her time specific mores and characters resonate strongly. Perhaps I liked Triburbia so much because it is an Austenian comedy of manners with a wry perspective on people who couldn't possibly be ourselves, but are alarmingly like our relatives, neighbors, and friends. "

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About the Author

Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of several previous books, including the novel Triburbia and the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone. His award-winning writing has appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic, Paris Review, among others. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and currently lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife, Silka, and their daughters, Esmee and Lola.