‘Who is Rich? is a tantalizing novel – acute and smart and stark, but mostly it’s unrelentingly funny about a large number of very inappropriate things. It’s one of those rare books: you open it, then you’re up all night. I was’ Richard Ford
Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a week-long arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It’s a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. Rich finds himself worrying about his family’s nights without him, his back taxes, his stuttering career and his own very real desire for love and human contact. One of the attendees this year is a 41 year-old painting student named Amy O’Donnell. Amy is a mother of three, unhappily married to a brutish Wall Street titan who commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, then spent the winter exchanging inappropriate texts and emails and counting the days until they could see each other again.
Now they’re back.
Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, erotic pleasure, envy and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humour and satire 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.
‘Wonderful… a pointed portrait of the delusions of the point one percent… It’s a satire of adult education. It’s a portrait of the triumphs and disasters of modern fatherhood, and the pram in the hall. It’s a How We Live Now novel, one of the best to come along in a while.’ Esquire
‘You know those big American novels that you sometimes lose a couple of days to? This is one of those books, conjuring up the humour and narrative of a John Irving or AM Homes…. book out a weekend to read it’ Stylist
‘Defiantly original’ New York Times
‘Wondrous…a gem’ New Yorker
‘An irresistible comic novel’ Washington Post
‘Matthew Klam writes beautifully about the strange, extraordinary adventure of being human. A profoundly memorable novel’ Elizabeth Day
Who Is Rich? is out on the 3rd May. Pre-order it now.
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