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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455500291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455500291
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Six months after 9/11, native New Yorker and recent college graduate Hailey has still not landed a job. Uncertainty has become a constant as she goes on random job interviews, parties with her privileged friends, and continues to live with her mother and stepfather in their gigantic Fifth Avenue penthouse. She has become romantically obsessed with Princeton graduate Michael Brenner, whose solid life plan—fellowship, Harvard Law School—masks his self-absorption. And she is still haunted by her parents’ divorce, because “having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.” Her own nebulous goals come under increasing scrutiny by her parents’ tony friends at various soirees, but, at one of them, she meets Adrian, and their instant connection centers her, allowing her to see that the world is, once again, full of possibility. Debut novelist Haimoff clearly captures the strange, sad time in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and yet she also nails the energetic, funny banter of twentysomethings, the expectations placed on the sons and daughters of the supersuccessful, and the heartache of being young and lost. --Joanne Wilkinson

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Booklist (Starred Review): "Debut novelist Haimoff clearly captures the strange, sad time in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and yet she also nails the energetic, funny banter of twentysomethings, the expectations placed on the sons and daughters of the supersuccessful, and the heartache of being young and lost."

Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review, Pick of the Week): “Engrossing… Haimoff’s writing resonates with an authenticity and gravitas that books about girls trying to find themselves in the big city often lack. Her details about elite schools and childhood haunts in Manhattan pepper Hailey’s memories in often touching ways. A thoughtful novel for our time.”

"Whether she's ruthlessly dissecting the mating habits of disaffected urbanites, or evoking the emotional complexity of coming of age in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, Haimoff's writing is smart, witty, honest, and never anything less than utterly engaging." (Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This is Where I Leave You )

"Beware reader: this novel is so addictive, once you start reading, you will have to cancel all of your plans. But you'll hardly even notice; Michelle Haimoff has such a fresh and inviting voice, and a gift for making characters live, you'll feel surrounded by friends." (Alison Espach, author of The Adults )

"Michelle Haimoff has done it: This novel's brilliance lies not just in Haimoff's careful plotting, her precise language, her masterful ear for dialogue, the beautiful depth of even her most minor characters, and protagonist Hailey's hilarious, wonderful voice, but in the way she captures the defining mood of a generation. It reminded me of some of my favorite novels of New York, Bright Lights, Big City, in particular. I will confess: I read it twice. And have not stopped thinking about it since." (Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age )

Nylon Magazine: "These Days Are Ours is... incredibly funny, shrewdly observed, and the prose sounds like the manic mix of thoughts and feelings that stream through our heads on a daily basis. (You'll probably look up from the pages and say, 'Omigod, that's so true' an uncomfortable amount of times.)"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
My least favorite novel plot: A family gathers at the old summer home and secrets are revealed.

A close runner-up: "The Big Chill II," with slackers getting together twenty seconds after they graduate from college to bemoan the state of the world and wonder where their lives went.

In "These Days Are Ours," Michelle Haimoff's debut novel, there's a twist that's even more deadly --- it's six months after 9/11....in New York.

How hard did I fight liking --- even reading --- this book?

As hard as the family member of that classy family who changed Mom's will before murdering her works to keep anyone from going into the basement of the old summer home and finding the new cement behind the oil burner.

And the cast! In "These Days Are Ours," we meet kids who went to private schools and studied semiotics at, like, Brown. They have a friend who sets his backpack down in the park while he plays Frisbee and the cops look through it and bust him for weed. They know Tom Cruise's last three movie roles. They live with their parents in vast uptown apartments. They have DVF wrap dresses in their closets. The ones with jobs have routines: Morgan Stanley by day, the gym, getting drunk on weekends. And they can all talk in that ironic way you'd expect --- they can picture "the second major attack."

And they know something powerful: The people who died on 9/11 were people who were "doing well." That is, they had jobs. Which these kids mostly don't. Hailey, especially, who is the narrator.

Unemployment grates on Hailey. Her mother is the publisher of Details Magazine, her stepfather is in the top tier at Conde Nast. --- she's the "kid of." Six months after her graduation, you'd think she could score some kind of employment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer D Rogers on March 5, 2012
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I had the pleasure of seeing Michelle Haimoff read from this book at Literary Death Match in Los Angeles.

I knew right away that I had to read it. There was just something so raw and natural about the dialogue--it was both grim and humorous, a lot like life in the post 9/11 world, I suppose.

And once I picked this book up, I could not put it down. You see, like the main characters in the book, I also graduated in 2001. And I was also faced with the prospect of a collapsing job market and uncertain future in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Though I was not in NYC at the time, I was in Chicago. I think Chi-town felt a stronger camaraderie with NYC than other major cities. What we frequently said was, "It could have been us." At the time, I was working a part time gig at a law firm that involved frequent trips into the Sears Tower. Needless to say, after 9/11, the security measures changed drastically. And I found my heart thumping faster every time I stepped through the doors and boarded the elevator that would whisk me off into the sky. But I digress...

For me, reading this book was like stepping into a time machine that took me back to my early 20s. The uncertainty that weighed heavy on my shoulders. The scrounging for a job, and the feeling that I was doing it all wrong. And the sense that I'd been scammed. After years of following a track that had let me to Harvard, post-matriculation, the real world felt empty and aimless and unfair. Wasn't this supposed to be the time of my life? Why was I riddled with anxiety at every turn?

Michelle Haimoff captures this feeling perfectly in this book. I loved every second of it and cannot wait to pick it up again. At my book club next week, I will be giving it a great recommendation. I wish there were more books like this one in the world.

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Jennifer Brody
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LA on February 27, 2012
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I flew through this book in a couple days on vacation. It's a great coming of age story that deals with post-911 NY, divorce, love and a career search. Despite the seriousness of the plot, the conversations and situations are laugh out loud funny. This book took me back to that time in my life and have thought about the book many times since I put it down. I would definitely recommend it and it's the next book for my book club to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthonia Akitunde on March 6, 2012
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I whizzed through the first hundred pages of "These Days Are Ours" last night/this morning and had to remind myself I had to wake up early before I could tear myself away. I definitely could've finished it in one take.

This book is an easy read in the best way possible: an engaging read that immediately pulls you in to a post 9/11 world seen through the eyes of a young, rich New Yorker. "These Days Are Ours" makes the poor little rich girl trope so fresh and relateable, which is especially hard when reading through the lens of what's going on in the world right now; the writing is so crisp and the emotion it evokes is just...whoa! Me, an overemployed, underpaid black girl from the Midwest with a nuclear family that's more or less got it together but is on the lower middle class rung, can relate to and root for the main character, Hailey. This is a very rare feat that comes from the pitch-perfect writing and the author's formidable grasp of pacing and character building. There's never a condescending eye roll at Hailey's pining for a high school friend or musings on her fractured family. Just the thought: "Is this my diary?"
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