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Manhattan through three friends,
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This review is from: The Emperor's Children (Paperback)Looking at the other reviews, you'll either love this or hate it. Personally, I loved it.
This is a tightly-drawn portrait of three friends turning thirty in the Manhattan of 2001, of their lives, loves, concerns, careers and housing. Through Marina Thwaite (daughter of successful journalist-father Murray), Danielle Minkoff (TV producer) and Julius Clarke (gay, mixed Asian heritage, aspiring reviewer), Messud paints a picture of the peculiarly Manhattan-based life of people driving for success and status and juxtaposes it regularly against smaller-town America. It's a witty and credible take on their motivations and worries, of the lies and accommodations made for those lies that they and those round them fall into in the course of making other plans.
If you're expecting a voyeuristic 9/11 novel, then this isn't it. 9/11 is a part of the novel, a pivotal moment, but not it's focus. The novel's action takes place between March and November of 2001, so the greater bulk of the story happens before.
My only reservation would be the ending. For me the novel ends too soon. I personally could have done with an extra 60 or so pages to round things off as well as they'd been started, but it's an enjoyable, easy read and I for one, recommend it.