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These Days Are Ours Paperback – February 28, 2012
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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.)"
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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?"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because I could get into it right away.
It gave the feeling of reading a "Gossip Girl" novel, but there was so much more behind it. Read more
This very readable book reminded me a Woody Allen movie—lots of intense, witty dialogue among a young Jewish group of NYC friends. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by dannan
This is a fantastic read! I just started my vacation today and I started these pages at 8:30am and I didn't stop until I was done with the book at the end of the day. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by C J Wilkins
I loved this book! It gives you insight into the post 9/11 New Yorkers and the fear they lived with that another attack was around the corner. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Ivm88
This was a great story that perfectly captured an unsettled time in the life of the main character, Hailey, who has graduated from college, moved back to New York (and her mother's... Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by ertowen
Before reading These Days Are Ours, I had never read a book that so fundamentally captured what my life really felt like at any given period of time. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by CLAIRE1NYNY
Usually, I hold my nose when I encounter
female coming of age or coping with age stories. After S in the City & anything by Jane Austen, I'm exhausted. Read more
I started the book on saturday and finished it Sunday morning. I haven't been doing much writing in the last few years but I have purchased 2 more books seens reading Michelle's... Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by sue s
Don't let anyone you know pigeonhole this book to you. It is not the kind of book focused on and sermonizing about the angst post-9/11. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer