Who Is Rich?

Who Is Rich?

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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A provocative satire of love, sex, money, and politics that unfolds over four wild days in so-called "paradise"-the long-awaited first novel from the acclaimed author of Sam the Cat "I seriously, deeply love this book."-Michael Cunningham Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It's a place where, every year, students-nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time-show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prizewinning playwrights, actors, and historians; drunkards and perverts; members of the cultural elite; unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars-a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. Once more, Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family's nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival. He can't decide whether his own very real desire for love and human contact is going to rescue or destroy him. A warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, Who Is Rich? goes far beyond to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance. Praise for Who Is Rich?"Who Is Rich? is a gem within the canon of infidelity literature. . . . Fischer . . . is a wonderful narrator, lacerating and gentle. . . . Comic, wondrous, and sad."-The New Yorker"Who Is Rich? is a very funny, very frank, and often shocking book about an affair between a man and a woman at an annual writers' conference at a beach town. It is shocking for its intelligent sex scenes and for its Matthew Klam-particular observations and its outrageous humor about the way people behave when they're in crisis. It is a book-long meditation on the nature of a marriage under the stress of children and financial pressures."-New York "A brilliant rumination on the trap of cannibalizing one's life for art."-The Washington Post "Who Is Rich? is one of those novels with the rare power to mesmerize. It's a dazzling meditation on monogamy, parenthood, mortality, shame, erotic liberation, and artistic struggle, a tale told by an adulterous middle-aged schlub, full of sound and fury, and signifying, well, pretty much everything."-The Boston Globe "This portrait of midlife crisis is almost scarily astute, and Rich's angsty fling with equally unhappy (but rich) Amy is a hot, hilarious mess."-People"Klam explores excess and penury, conspicuous consumption and tortured artistic production, as well as monogamy and its discontents in an acidly funny portrait of a has-been cartoonist."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9780812997996
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 20, 2017

Sharp wit, "impeccable erudition.
A cartoonist/comic illustrator....annual art colony in Cape, drew me to pick up the book.
Flash-back structure, with persistent thoughts of his wife & kids, as well as a billionaire's wife he couldn't stop screwing, Rich's narration couldn't make me develop a richer (not even bitter, if not savory) taste of the (rich and poor) life talked about, owe to delayed & gradual disclosure of Rich's upbringing and family (esp. Robin). Until the final chapter, yet reached the most romantic (amid the dark humor) to lift the despair.
Many artists and students are introduced and elaborated, some served a purpose in the plot, some appeared to be a less-meaningful distraction.
While "journey of the diamond earrings" luxuriates in suspense, "fornication" has exhausted its charm. I still savor (almost) each sentence, no crumb scattered.


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