Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges opens with the wedding of a couple who seems destined for greatness: young, effortlessly good-looking, perfectly suited for each other. In fact, much of this sharp, funny and occasionally heartbreaking novel (available in paperback 10/5) is about what can happen when you do, in fact, get it all.
Adam and Cynthia are living the dream: happily married; making more money then they know what to do with; and with children so gorgeous they stop traffic on the street. But as the decades pass, tiny cracks appear just under the surface. Cynthia feels adrift, and Adam starts to take unnecessary risks; all the while their children grow up in a rarified, yes, privileged existence. Dee has a canny and elegant style, peeking into multiple characters’ lives with a light touch yet with occasionally devastating observations. It’s a delightful read from start to finish.
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