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Eighties manhattan springs to gritty, vivid existence during this piercingly romantic and compulsively readable coming-of-age novel. a stunning, unhappy, humorous, altogether bewitching debut

Francesca "Chess" Varani is an ultra-bright, sassy, yet susceptible Barnard freshwoman from a blue-collar historical past within the vibrantly gritty ny urban of the mid-eighties. She moves up a unstable and a little poisonous friendship with drama-queen classmate Kendra Marr-Löwenstein, and falls into the bewitching orbit of her Salingeresque, high-toned kinfolk. Upon commencement, she strikes into the Marr-Löwenstein condo within the West Village as a secretary/girl-of-all-work to the soignèe literary highbrow Clarice Marr (think Susan Sontag yet blondly coiffed and wearing Chanel) and gets the sentimental schooling and emotional roughing up ny bestows on all of its new arrivals—including a love affair with Clarice's glamorously broken son, Jerry.The tale is expounded by way of Chess in sadder yet wiser style from the gap of a financially beset 2008 and the depths of a crap activity taken of necessity, tinged with the poignancy of time and offerings made and never made.

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