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The Clasp: A Novel by [Crosley, Sloane]
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Praise for The Clasp:

“I took so much pleasure in every sentence of The Clasp, fell so completely under the spell of its narrative tone—equal parts bite and tenderness, a dash of rue—and became so caught up in the charmingly dented protagonists and their off-kilter caper that the book’s emotional power, building steadily and quietly, caught me off guard, and left me with a lump in my throat.” —Michael Chabon, author of Telegraph Avenue

“Sloane Crosley’s debut novel is hilarious, insightful, and full of characters and situations that only Sloane Crosley could devise. The laugh-out-loud observations and dialogue that make her essays such a delight to read shine through in her fiction too. The Clasp is a gem.” —J. Courtney Sullivan, author of The Engagements
  
“The Clasp reads like The Goonies written by Lorrie Moore. A touching but never sentimental portrait of a trio of quasi-adults turning into adult adults, this is one of those rare deeply literary books that also features—a plot! From the shores of Florida to the coast of Normandy, wonderful, unforgettable things happen in this enormously hilarious novel. And they are written in a language so beautiful, I gnashed my teeth at Sloane Crosley's talent.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

“I opened The Clasp and immediately realized that I’d been waiting far too long for Sloane Crosley to write a novel. Crosley is a literary addiction. There is no substitute. She is curious. She is smart. She is hilarious and edgy and generous and impossible to stop reading. Moreover, she misses nothing. Her attention to the seemingly smallest details—material, social, psychological—reveals, as the pages turn, an intricately tooled world that is as familiar as it is dazzling and new.” —Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock

“This debut novel from a bestselling essayist follows an interlinked circle of friends on a quest to find a priceless necklace and regain an even rarer treasure: a genuine connection. This trenchant first novel from the author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake (2008) and How Did You Get This Number (2010) is about a necklace; Guy de Maupassant's classic short story, 'The Necklace'; and an interconnected circle of friends from college who, like beads on a broken necklace, have dispersed and rolled off on different paths . . . [A] smart, sardonic, sometimes-zany, yet also sensitive story. . .  A real gem.” —Kirkus

“Sloane Crosley's first novel is a smart comedy of errors . . . Taking a page from her essay collections (I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number), Crosley once again brandishes a mix of smarts and sarcasm to commemorate some of life's more mortifying moments in her first work of fiction...[It] makes not only for fun reading but hints at the surprisingly poignant extent of just how far old acquaintances will go to save one another's hides.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for I Was Told There’d Be Cake:

“Crosley’s book [is] a welcome departure from the increasingly tired genre of first-person prose as stand-up comedy. Unlike David Sedaris (I went to Anne Frank’s house and all I got was real-estate lust!) and other hugely successful practitioners, Crosley forces herself up against not her exquisite selfishness but some ideal she’s grasping for—female camaraderie, neighborliness, sanity. She’s also got a sharp fizzily old-fashioned sense of the madcap that, in the best pieces, has you thinking that she’s figured out how to cross Mary Tyler Moore with Kingsley Amis—as well as wondering, now that she’s updates the role of ingénue by concocting a bracing cocktail of credulity and crankiness, what she might be able to do with a novel.” —Elle Magazine

“Sloane Crosley asserts herself as a new master of non-fiction situational comedy in I Was Told There’d Be Cake.” —Entertainment Weekly

“[Crosley] is ironic, droll and self-pillorying and, like Sedaris, she manages to balance passages that are laugh-out-loud funny with others that are both touching and resonant. Above all Crosley manages, Midas-like, to take the minutiae of her life — and all of our lives — and turn it into gold.” —The Seattle Times

“Sloane’s is a generous, sparkling hilarity…By the end of the book, the flirtation has worked, and you’re left desperate for more.” —Newsday

“You’ll feel as though you’re sitting with her at a café, breathlessly waiting to hear what she’s going to tell you next.” —People

“Although the stories are set in New York, Crosley’s plights are universally relatable and described in a voice that’s supremely witty and genuine.” —Daily Candy

“With piquant prose, Crosley brings bite to reminiscences of a comfortable childhood in suburban White Plains, N.Y., and her salad days in Manhattan…[she’s] that smart, sardonic friend who homes in on the ridiculous aspects of any situation and amplifies them to maximum hilarity.” —The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Praise for How Did You Get This Number:

“Crosley is like a tap-dancer, lighthearted and showman­like…but capable of surprising you with the reserves of emotion and keen social observation.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Crosley responds to everyday absurdities with self-deprecation and an arsenal of metaphors, applying insights like a salve….As she expounds on her various mishaps and anxieties, it all manages to seem like proof that even when she's lost, she knows what she's doing all along.” —The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Crosley has been honing her craft since we’ve seen her last, and the hard work shows. Now, she has mastered the precision of novelistic scene-setting deployed by our greatest practitioners of the American sentimental essay, writers such as Gopnik, Sedaris and, yes, even Thurber.” —The Denver Post

“In the battle for space on my family-room bookshelf, Sloane Crosley’s “How Did You Get This Number” just pushed David Sedaris to the second-floor stacks….Where “Cake” played strictly for laughs, Crosley finds more balance here – she never slips into parody, and she knows how to keep the mood buoyed, even in moments with pathos.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“What puts Crosley over is her preternatural ability to slip into her offbeat interior world—and cajole us into going there too.” —Elle Magazine

“Crosley is engaging and energetic…She is a fountain of observations, apt metaphors, and escalating wit.” —The Boston Globe

“An intimate anthropologist…Crosley returns wiser without losing her sharpness.” —The Onion

From the Back Cover

Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited at the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive absorbed in their own lives, but soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel.

During the reception, an inebriated Victor passes out in the mother of the groom’s bedroom. He’s woken with a jovial slap to the face as she dangles a story about a missing necklace before him, one that she has never even told her son. Her tale sets in motion a madcap adventure that leads Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel from Miami to New York and L.A., and ultimately across France, to the estate of Guy de Maupassant, author of the classic short story “The Necklace.”

Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley’s inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven’t gone as planned and learning to separate the real from the fake.


Product details

  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 6, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V35U1N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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