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Thrown together by circumstance, a group of fathers—a sound engineer, a sculptor, a film producer, a chef, a memoirist, a gangster—meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to their exclusive school.
The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters strewn around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the narcissistic chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being. Over the course of a single school year, we are privy to their secrets, passions, and hopes, and learn of their dreams deferred as they confront harsh realities about ambition, wealth, and sex. And we meet their wives and children, who together with these men are discovering the hard truths and welcome surprises that accompany family, marriage, and real estate at midlife.
Fascinatingly layered and multidimensional, these linked stories, arranged like puzzle pieces, create a powerful portrait of unlikely friends and their neighborhood in transition. Striking chords that range from haunting and heartbreaking to darkly funny and deeply poignant, Triburbia marks the start of a brilliant literary career.
There was some continuity, but these characters and stories didn't do much for me.
Some characters are more interesting than others, but it's all very well written and as a character study and 'vignette' of life in Tribeca, it works quite nicely.
This comes highly recommended for those who want a light, entertaining, witty and ultimately savage read.
Writing was very strong and reminded me of Bret Easton Ellis. I like the different narrator by chapter approach though is becoming more common and takes away need to build fuller... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Gilson
In Triburbia, Karl Taro Greenfeld sculpts not only the individual lives of six men and their families, but the dynamic nature of an urban neighborhood’s lifetime which brings them... Read morePublished 10 months ago by B Elvejord
Vapid characters, annoying stereotypes and an altogether disjointed and ridiculous story line. More linked short stories than novel. And the link is their extramarital affairs. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rochelle Katz
I read reviews here, ordered this book, and when I fell asleep twice reading it--and I wasn't tired--I knew it was time to give it the heave-ho. And I did. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. E. Selby
Karl Taro Greenfeld
Harper Perennial, Jul 16 2013, $14.99
Mark, the 113 North Moore half-breed Sound Engineer, enjoyed... Read more
All that glitters is not gold. The lives of the wealthy are riddled with deceit, traitorous acts, egos, and insecurities. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kathy
Just that. If it is not a novel but short stories, flag it as such. Is there a way of returning downloads?Published 17 months ago by B. Johanson
Thought there would be more interaction between the characters. None were fully developed enough to be satisfying. I liked the concept, just wish it were better executed.Published 19 months ago by Kit McNally
I enjoyed these interconnected short stories very much, some more than others. I'm not sure if the author intended them to be laugh-aloud funny, although they certainly are wry. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Magazinewriter