Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell

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With its vivid historical setting and the narrators' distinct voices, this ambitious novel is both an homage to the beatnik generation and its literature, as well as an evocative story of the price one pays for going after one's dreams.
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From the author of the “thrilling” (The Christian Science Monitor) novel The Other Typist comes an evocative, multilayered story of ambition, success, and secrecy in 1950s New York.
 
In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas—the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. Cliff Nelson, the son of a successful book editor, is convinced he’s the next Kerouac, if only his father would notice. Eden Katz dreams of being an editor but is shocked when she encounters roadblocks to that ambition. And Miles Tillman, a talented black writer from Harlem, seeks to learn the truth about his father’s past, finding love in the process. Though different from one another, all three share a common goal: to succeed in the competitive and uncompromising world of book publishing. As they reach for what they want, they come to understand what they must sacrifice, conceal, and betray to achieve their goals, learning they must live with the consequences of their choices. In Three-Martini Lunch, Suzanne Rindell has written both a page-turning morality tale and a captivating look at a stylish, demanding era—and a world steeped in tradition that’s poised for great upheaval.


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About Suzanne Rindell

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Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. The Other Typist is her first novel. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a second novel.
 
Published April 5, 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 507 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 19 2016

With its vivid historical setting and the narrators' distinct voices, this ambitious novel is both an homage to the beatnik generation and its literature, as well as an evocative story of the price one pays for going after one's dreams.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Fran Hawthorne on May 02 2016

Cliches or not, the strongest way to ensure that we don’t repeat the past isn’t by reading a history book. It’s through an engrossing story that brings that past to life.

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Below average
Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on Jun 05 2016

...everything is hastily resolved, and while avoiding the corny and cliche presentation of an inconceivable happy ending, there isn’t any evidence of a satisfactory resolution to the story. Despite this, Rindell’s novel is certainly worth reading.

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