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The Privileges

A Novel

Jonathan Dee

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Description

BONUS: This edition contains a The Privileges discussion guide.

Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other.
With Adam’s rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in
Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable
standard, successful. But for the Moreys, their future of boundless privilege is not
arriving fast enough. As Cynthia begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice
that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family’s happiness and
to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.
The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and
guided above all else by their epic love for each other.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 28, 2009 – Dee's four prior novels (Palladio; etc.) cast an intelligent, calculating eye on the culturally topical, which sparked comparisons to the writings of Updike, DeLillo and Franzen. The wedding of Adam and Cynthia Morey, a young and charming couple who quickly expand into a brood of four, begins Dee's fifth. Adam and Cynthia's nuanced personalities and playful, sincere exchanges form the novel's empathic backbone as Adam begins to profit immensely from risky side ventures while working for a hedge fund. Dee establishes a trust with his readers that allows Adam's murky business ethics to escape the spotlight of outright moral scrutiny, and by showing how Adam endangers his privilege—while his children endanger their own lives—Dee reveals how risk is a kind of numbing balm. April, Adam's daughter, responds to the boredom of material comfort by resorting to drug-induced self-effacement. The novel climaxes as the children face the possibility of their own death, though lucidity after mortal danger is fleeting: “I can feel myself forgetting what it feels like to feel,” April says. Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk.

Customer Reviews

The Priveleges

Fantastic story. Compelling. Must read!

Not worth the time investment

First 50 pages are interesting when focus is on main couple and their young kids. Author completely loses me as he tries to develop the kids characters over time. And he seems to realize it as he throws in a few events along the way meant to shock us back into caring about these peoples lives. It doesn't work. I found myself skipping pages as the story got bogged down in various side situations. I kept waiting for a more cohesive plot or theme to emerge. It never did. The last third of the book is painfully boring. Do not read this book.

the Privleges.

I have just purchased this book and can not get it to down load. I am wanting to sleep. I am mad as hell . This is the last book I will ever buy from you HElp. Help. Help. This iredicilous. I want to read. Another sleepless night. I cannot even submit this. Wait until tomorrow , , , ,

The Privileges
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jan 05, 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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