Really, really looking forward to this giveaway. I had the occasion to read this book a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it was great; I totally recommend picking up a copy if you don’t win one. But I hope you win one!
- A copy of Everybody Rise;
- plus a Lo & Sons weekender bag! (Specifically, The Catalina, in dove grey. YOU KNOW I love a weekend bag!)
It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.
Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.
Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in.
THE TASK: We will have ONE winner, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us your favorite weekend jaunt (fictional, or otherwise: mine would be Santa Barbara, but I haven’t been in ages!)
THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only. (Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press. Thank you!)