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Rich and Pretty: A Novel by [Alam, Rumaan]
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Alam’s debut is a sweet yet cutting exploration of the bonds of friendship in competitive New York City. Sarah and Lauren have been best friends since high school, through college, love, jobs, and the realities of adult life. Lauren works as an associate editor for a publisher of cookbooks, is single, and pursues a carefree, on-the-go lifestyle that offers no prospect of settling down. Sarah, the daughter of a retired singer and a former advisor to the president, leads a charmed, career-free life. Recently engaged to pedestrian Dan, Sarah hopes the wedding will be a low-key affair but is anxious her socialite parents will keep that from happening. As a way to reconnect and keep her parents at bay, Sarah asks Lauren to be her maid of honor and help plan the wedding. Alam moves the story forward with seamless transitions from Sarah to Lauren’s voice, punctuated by scenes of biting dialogue; however, the interplay of voices never serves as an integral part of the plot, and rambling takes over in sections. In the run-up to the wedding, the closeness Sarah was hoping to reignite looks forever extinguished when Lauren misbehaves on a bachelorette trip. As Sarah’s life moves forward, will she come to realize that there is nothing wrong with growing up, even if that means growing apart from Lauren? With astute descriptions of how values, tastes, desires, and ambitions change over two decades, Alam’s tale of a divergent friendship smartly reflects the trial and error nature of finding a mate and deciding how to grow up. (June)

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Smart, sharp, and beautifully made, Rumaan Alam’s portrait of two childhood best friends transitioning into their adult lives is vividly rendered, set against a tantalizing background of moneyed New York City that is impossible to resist. (Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers)

Sharply observed and incredibly entertaining, Rich and Pretty tells the story of childhood friends struggling to hold onto their relationship as they grow up and grow apart. Rumaan Alam’s debut is one of the most honest portrayals of the complicated world of female friendship. (Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses)

A must-read for anyone who has ever had a long-lasting and complicated friendship. In gorgeous prose, that is by turns hilariously funny and painfully perceptive, Rich and Pretty chronicles the lives of two very different women across the decades. (J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Maine)

Deceptively easy to read, Rich and Pretty is a complex testimony to the resilience of female friendship. With clarity and heart, Rumaan Alam brings to life the fraught, bewildering and beautiful nuances that keep us reaching for each other over decades. (Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing)

Engrossing, funny, and wise, Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam is the story of two young women growing up and growing out of their past selves, even as that past still, profoundly, matters. Its cleverness is surpassed only by its compassion. A marvelous debut. (Edan Lepucki, author of California)

Rich and Pretty is a beautifully written novel, a lushly detailed portrait of the mores and manners of contemporary Manhattan and a penetrating look into the heart of the generation now facing their thirties. Alam’s study of female friendship is wickedly witty, keenly insightful, and deeply, compassionately wise. (Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply)

Alam captures something truthful and essential about the push-pull of friendship--the desire for closeness as well as the space to define ourselves--and admirably resists the urge to look down on his characters. (Kirkus Reviews)

“A sweet yet cutting exploration of the bonds of friendship in competitive New York City.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Rumaan Alam transforms a whimsical beach read into compelling literary prose in his debut novel, Rich and Pretty.” (The Chronicle Herald)

“One of the summer’s best page-turners and beach reads.” (NOW Magazine)

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  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015CYFFDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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