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The emperor's children
Claire Messud
Adult Fiction MESSUD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Marina Thwaite, Danielle Minkoff and Julian Clarke were buddies at Brown, certain that they would soon do something important in the world. But as all near 30, Danielle is struggling as a TV documentary maker, and Julius is barely surviving financially as a freelance critic. Marina, the startlingly beautiful daughter of celebrated social activist, journalist and hob-nobber Murray Thwaite, is living with her parents on the Upper West Side, unable to finish her book-titled The Emperor's Children Have No Clothes (on how changing fashions in children's clothes mirror changes in society). Two arrivals upset the group stasis: Ludovic, a fiercely ambitious Aussie who woos Marina to gain entr?e into society (meanwhile planning to destroy Murray's reputation), and Murray's nephew, Frederick "Bootie" Tubb, an immature, idealistic college dropout and autodidact who is determined to live the life of a New York intellectual. The group orbits around the post-September 11 city with disconcerting entitlement-and around Murray, who is, in a sense, the emperor. Messud, in her fourth novel, remains wickedly observant of pretensions-intellectual, sexual, class and gender. Her writing is so fluid, and her plot so cleverly constructed, that events seem inevitable, yet the narrative is ultimately surprising and masterful as a contemporary comedy of manners. 100,00 announced first printing; author tour. (Sept. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Marina Thwaite, a celeb even before her first book is published, and college friends Danielle and Julius find their lives upended when Marina's cousin Bootie drops into town with ideas of his own. With a four-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Marina Thwaite
Daughter of a social activist and journalist; unable to finish the book she is writing.

Danielle Minkoff
Struggling as a TV documentary maker.
Documentary filmmaker

Julian Clarke
Barely surviving as a freelance critic.

Wooing Marina so he can destroy her father.

Frederick "Bootie" Tubb
Marina's cousin; immature; college dropout; determined to live the life of an intellectual.

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