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This extraordinary debut novel by Sophie McManus is a contemporary American tragedy of breathtaking scope a dramatic story of pharmaceutical trials and Wall Street corruption; of pride and prejudice; of paranoia and office politics; of inheritance influence class and powerCecilia Somner's fate hangs in the balance A larger than life heiress to a robber baron's fortune once known as much for her cruel wit as for her tremendous generosity CeCe is now. Just often enough some unknown writer darts from the forest of little magazines to publish a novel that blows away the gathering shades of cultural despair Last year there was Smith Henderson s Fourth of July Creek about a social worker in Montana In April Viet Thanh Nguyen published a cerebral spy thriller called The Sympathizer This month that invigorating surprise comes from a 37 year old New Yorker named Sophie McManus Her first novel The Unfortunates merges Old World elegance and modern i

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The Unfortunates

Opples culminating in a startling turn of events that is as unforgettable as it is life changingWhile no riches can put things right for the unfortunate Somners when all is lost they learn what life beyond the long shimmering shadow cast by the Somner dynasty may become Sophie McManus' The Unfortunateshilarious and heartbreaking by turns is most of all a meditation on love as delusional obsession as transformation and ultimately as a coming to grac. The UnfortunatesLately I ve found that too many page turners manipulate me I want to find out what happens but don t actually enjoy reading the book Finishing becomes an unpleasant compulsion This is a page turner in which every page is sheer delight The writing is exuisite as are the plot and character development There are three main characters Ce Ce is a very wealthy philanthropist who discovers she may be dying of a serious illness George CeCe s son is a cross brilliantly developed cross between Frasier

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In opulent decline Afflicted with a rare disease and touched by mortality for the first time she finds her gilded by gone values colliding with an unforgiving present Along with her troubled son George and his out sider wife Iris CeCe must face the Somners' dark legacy and the corrupting nature of wealth As the Somner family struggles to find a solution to its troubles the secrets and lies between CeCe George and Iris grow entangled CeCe's world t. I really don t know how to rate this book I love hated it was blown away and frustrated by it in eual measure I started reading The Unfortunates ahead of a reader s retreat at which I would be meeting the author When I arrived at Booktopia I was about half way finished and having trouble The book is densely language driven and character driven and the characters are slightly absurd caricatures almost of themselves a super rich NY family living in a mansion on the sound in CT The matriarch CeCe is the most ridicu


10 thoughts on “The Unfortunates

  1. says:

    okay we're going to ease back into this whole reviewing thing with something that is of an excuse than a review here's the thing i have absolutely nothing useful to say about this book it's very unlike me to walk away from a book and have no opinion on it whatsoever and maybe it is because i read this in the middle of a

  2. says:

    Just often enough some unknown writer darts from the forest of little magazines to publish a novel that blows away the gathering shades of cultural despair Last year there was Smith Henderson’s “Fourth of July Creek” about a social worker in Montana In April Viet Thanh Nguyen published a cerebral spy thriller called “The Sympathizer

  3. says:

    One of the worst books of recent memory Ron Charles's Washington Post review should have come with a warning abo

  4. says:

    I’m a bit surprised that little has been said about this novel It’s on a couple summer must read lists and it

  5. says:

    Beautifully written literary novel explores the lives of three members of an ultra rich family an aging matriarch determined to hide her illn

  6. says:

    I really don't know how to rate this book I love hated it was blown away and frustrated by it in eual measure I started reading The Unfortunates ahead of a reader's retreat at which I would be meeting the author When I arrived at Booktopia I was about half way finished and having trouble The book is densely language driven and character driven and the characters are slightly absurd caricatures almost of themselves a sup

  7. says:

    NOPEI just could not finish thisJust not my cup of tea

  8. says:

    The rich are different They may put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else but that is where the similarity ends Sophie McManus has created a story of an imploding family of wealth and privilege The matriarch CeCe is suffering from a neurological disease that her vast resources cannot cure Her daughter Pat will not talk to her Her entitled son George never learned responsibility but he did learn how to use his family name

  9. says:

    The UnfortunatesLately I’ve found that too many page turners manipulate me I want to find out what happens but don’t actually enjoy reading

  10. says:

    Really tried on this one but ultimately gave up after 75 pages The writing style was too clunky and choppy for me Almost felt like a translation from another language As for plot no sense that it was going anywhere cranky rich old woman and her unpleasant possibly criminal son living out their lives Moving on