The Last Book Party

Holt. Jul. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781250225474. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250225467. F
DEBUT When Eve Rosen is invited to her first book party in the Cape Cod town of Truro in the 1980s, she’s a lowly editorial assistant at a New York publishing company. Eve is thrilled to have finally gained entry to the intellectual conversations and sexual high jinks of the literati. Though she grew up spending summers at her family’s vacation home in Truro, the publishing elite were a world apart from her own family’s boring circle of lawyers and accountants. With snappy dialog, name-dropping, and an author’s note suggesting insider experience, the story of Eve’s self-doubt and willingness to do almost anything to become a writer in a male-dominated world has a #MeToo movement currency.
VERDICT Part coming of age, part gossipy peek into the enclave of writers, editors, poets, and artists who annually escaped the heat of Boston and New York to talk, drink, and work on Cape Cod, this seminostalgic debut is the ideal summer read for book people. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

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