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The Heights Hardcover – March 4, 2010
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Tim and Kate married when he was 23, and she 25. Despite having so many attractive and bound-to-be-financially-successful suitors, Kate - in Tim's mind -- chose to "marry down" when she chose to marry him. Kate, for her part, found Tim's kindness, soul-baring vulnerability, and honesty touching.
Nine years into their marriage and raising two small boys with Tim's modest private-school history teacher's salary in a tony Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, Tim and Kate find themselves constantly under financial pressure, and for Kate at least, longing for an alternate future, one where they could afford the finer things in life.
In come three people into the picture: Anna Brody, wife of the newest richest guy in town; Bruno Schwine, Kate's former gay boss who has a new gig running a charitable foundation for a highly successful former classmate, and Jeff Slade, one of Kate's former suitors who is now a rich and famous actor.
Through their encounters with these people, Tim and Kate got a taste of the potential good that fame and fortune can bring to bear on people's lives. But alas, not all of their experiences would turn out to be positive. How would their lives change as a result? Would their marriage survive?
The story is told mostly from Tim's and Kate's first person accounts of events and their reactions to them as those events unfold, with the narration occasionally switching also to first person accounts of other characters, most notably Bea Myerly, whose intense student crush on Tim rivals that of Rachel's on Mr. Schuster in Glee's Endless Love episode (smile). Mr.Read more ›
We follow along as Kate and Peter wrestle with changes in their lives, their ever-mounting bills, and the challenges of marriage. Like many young modern couples, they are physically and emotionally distant from their families and are trying to make their way more alone in the world than previous generations. Their stories and their voices, though silly and exaggerated at times (I can see the makings of the screenplay already) are easy to relate to.
Like many contemporary novels, it alternates between several voices. Though it wasn't poorly written, I didn't find it overly distinct. The aim seems to be more towards a movie deal than a literary prize. Overall, it's a light and enjoyable read, very appropriate for the beach. (3.5/5)
Tim, a private school history teacher is married to Kate, a stay at home mom with two small boys. They have enjoyed marital bliss for 9 years, residing in ritzy Brooklyn Heights, NYC which starves their tiny budget. When Kate is offered a six figure job Tim hops at the opportunity to take a year's sabbatical and be a house dad who can finish his ridiculously over due dissertation. All seems sublime until Tim is enchanted by rich mom who seduces he and his sons into play dates with her daughter. Kate develops a taste for wealth, enjoying forays with their wealthier counterparts in Brooklyn Heights. "The grass is always greener" applies and soon both are living lives of disenchanted selfishness. Mr. Hedges reveals the refuse that accumulates from wanting more than we can hande. We humans are all capable of dalliances in our minds and beyond! Wealth and prestige can be powerful aphrodisiacs easily leading to corruption on all levels. The prose is lovely, witty, well-conceived and narrated by two major characters and a few minor.
I became a willing indentured servant to "The Heights" as the story resonated with the foibles of all human frailty and the humility we exorcise if willing to forgive and be forgiven. Perhaps a simple story, but not simplistic answers at this author's deft fingertips. Well done.
This book is told in one of my favorite ways -- each character tells a portion of the story. Sometimes that section goes on for pages, other times it will consist of one or two words. Very good story telling. Each character has their own personal voice and makes this book gratifying.
We meet Kate and Tim, living in the Heights section of Brooklyn. It's a great neighborhood to raise a family in and Kate and Tim are doing just that; bringing up their two young sons. Tim is a much loved history teacher and Kate stays at home with their boys. The neighborhood hosts a diverse bunch of people -- mostly upper middle class, some upper class. These young couples work, set up play dates with their children, party together, and gossip about everyone and everything in the Heights.
Enter a new family who moves into one of the most fantastic brownstones in the neighborhood. This family is THE FAMILY now in the Heights. Everyone wants to be included in their circle of friends. However, the Mrs. of the couple, one Anna Brody, is elusive and pretty stand-offish to everyone in the Heights. She seems to want to befriend one couple only and that couple is Kate and Tim.
Little do Kate and Tim realize how Anna Brody will effect the lives of their neighbors and their own lives. Anna will befriend pretty much only Kate, plying her with gifts and her company.
Enter into Kate and Tim's lives Kate's former boss who offers her an awesome job. She accepts and starts to be the major bread winner in the family. Tim becomes a stay at home dad and enters into the world of play dates, kids, and the social conditions of 'the mommys'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it from beginning to end. I could not stop reading it till I was done with th book.Published 4 months ago by Connie Johnson
I have mixed feelings about this novel. It was written fairly well but it was hard to become vested in the selfish, pretentious characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jo Jo 615
I loved this book. The writing is excellent, and the way in which the author related the dynamics of the relationships. I can't wait for Mr. Hedges next book.Published 11 months ago by Margaret Hazlette
I enjoyed this book. The characters were barely likable, but kept your interest. I was never really sure who to root for. Well told soryPublished 13 months ago by Jennifer Pesci-Kelly
The Heights is, by evidence presented in this book, an area of Brooklyn that is "out of place" - it is inhabited by the Nuevo Riche, Trust Fund Benefactors, Hedge Fund managers and... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by YoyoMitch
Well written, moves well between characters' voices. Great feeling of Brooklyn Heights and the dynamic of families in the neighborhood.Published on May 29, 2013 by Lola Moneypenny
It's amazing how quickly things can change, and how one random occurrence can have a ripple effect that touches many things in your life. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Larry Hoffer
This book was selected by the No Obligation
Real Simple Book Club and there is a direct link to Amazon.com for the book, so I purchased it. Read more
I purchased this book to read because I live in the neighborhood next to where it is set. The story, for me, wasn't intriguing nor interesting at all and I found it to be trashy,... Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by NY READER