The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan

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"The Big Chill for the Facebook generation."
--Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

Clover, Addison, Mia, and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989.

Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall. Clover, once a securities broker, is out of a job and struggling to reproduce before her fertility window shuts. Addison's marriage to a writer's-blocked novelist is as stale as her so-called career as a painter. Hollywood closed its gold-plated gates to Mia, who now stays home with her children, renovating and acquiring faster than her husband can pay the bills. Jane, the Paris bureau chief for a newspaper whose foreign bureaus are now shuttered, is caught in a vortex of loss.

Like all Harvard grads, they've kept abreast of one another via the red book, a class report published every five years, containing alumni autobiographical essays. But there's the story we tell the world, and then there's the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their twentieth reunion, a relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend.

"Utterly engrossing."
--Entertainment Weekly

"A wonderfully epic 'cradle to grave' story . . . about the enduring power of friendship."
--Sunday Express

"Destined to be a classic."
--Vanity Fair

About Deborah Copaken Kogan

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Deborah Copaken Kogan spent the first decade of her career as an award-winning war photographer (Time, Newsweek, The New York Times) then as an Emmy award-winning TV News producer (ABC News and Dateline NBC.) Her previous books include Shutterbabe, the bestselling memoir of her years as a photojournalist, and Between Here and April, a novel. A former columnist for The Financial Times, her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, O, More, and Slate, among many others. She lives in Harlem, NY, with her husband and three children.
Published April 3, 2012 by Hachette Books. 481 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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As readers of photojournalist and author Kogan’s second novel learn, Harvard doesn’t content itself with the alumni mags and e-mails and letters other colleges make do with: before big reunions, it sends out a bound crimson book containing alumni updates on their lives, a reunion cheat sheet ...

Jan 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Red Book


Deborah Copaken Kogan's novel takes its title from the Harvard Red Book that every Harvard grad receives in reunion years.

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About halfway through THE RED BOOK, Lytton --- a suicidal, schizophrenic genius who was once the Subaru dealer’s roommate (his Red Book entry lists only “last known address”) --- becomes the unlikely spokesperson for this idea, attacking classmates who have reneged on their youthful dreams.

Apr 12 2012 | Read Full Review of The Red Book


As one would expect in a novel about the 20-year reunion of the Harvard class of ’89, there’s a character called Bucky, children named Trilby and Dante, and protagonists on the cusp of 40 fretting over life choices, the loss of their younger selves, and the meaning of life half lived.

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Affairs and more move the story of these women's reunion briskly along, and Kogan's peripheral characters add to the fun.—Valerie Wieland, Smyrna, TN In The Red Book, Deborah Copaken Kogan pulls back the curtain on an event mere mortals like us love to hate—the 20th reunion of four fabulously mon...

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The ever-fraught ritual of the class reunion acts as a catalyst for some serious soul searching in Deborah Copaken Kogan’s witty, astute new novel, The Red Book (Hyperion).

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