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The Last Book Party

(2019)
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A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts' artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey's research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie's exclusive and famed "Book Party" - where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

A coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, The Last Book Party reveals what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Last Book Party made me incredibly nostalgic for an iconic literary world of New York that is no more, one that smells of cigarettes, whiskey on the rocks, promiscuity, and miraculous bursts of luck. Karen Dukess' coming of age tale is a magnifying lens from the past that shows us a glimpse of who we are (and can be) today. A story from 1987 that is surprisingly in dialogue with a contemporary conversation about what it means to be a woman, a writer, and an artist struggling to find a place, The Last Book Party is a novel about a young woman in search for a voice written by a writer who has clearly found hers." - Chiara Barzini

"Read this book. Read it alone - you’ll laugh out loud. And read it slowly, because you won’t want it to end. Through heart-wrenching twists and hilarious turns, The Last Book Party tells the ultimately uplifting universal tale of the breakthrough that comes of a young woman’s shattered illusions." - Suzy Becker

"Laced with the light of its Cape Cod setting, The Last Book Party details a 1980s summer among the literary set that has far-flung consequences for all its characters. As much as the book focuses on love affairs between people, readers will leave inspired by the real love affair here: between Karen Dukess and the world of reading and writing that she illuminates." - Stephanie Clifford

"Karen Dukess has written a modern yet timeless coming-of-age story about friendship, romance, and one young woman's complicated relationship with a wickedly charming family of literary superstars. Emotional and evocative, The Last Book Party left me aching for the hard lessons of youth, trembling with hope?and utterly transfixed until the final page." - Ann Mah

"The Last Book Party is a delight. Reading this story of a young woman trying to find herself while surrounded by the bohemian literary scene during a summer on the Cape in the late '80s, I found myself nodding along in so many moments and dreading the last page. Karen Dukess has rendered a wonderful world to spend time in." - Taylor Jenkins Reid

"This bittersweet summer romance had me turning pages right up to the end. If you love books about books - and if you’ve ever dressed up as your favorite literary character - this is a party you won’t want to miss." - Jason Rekulak

"The writing is as breezy as the air in this Cape-Cod-meets-Fifth-Avenue publishing world bildungsroman." - Lucinda Rosenfeld

"The Last Book Party captures a world tantalizingly close to the surface of memory, in which things now lost to time mattered a great deal, and the Internet era was slouching toward us to be born. This Orphic book goes down to retrieve a beloved New York, and the pleasant ache at its heart is that it can’t bring it back forever. Charming, lovely, and written with a light touch, this book captures the longing and unease of summer romance amid the complexity of post-graduate life. Shades of Goodbye, Columbus, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and Bright Lights, Big City haunt its pages." - Matthew Thomas


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December 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Last Book Party (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
Author(s): Karen Dukess
ISBN: 1-4328-6743-1 / 978-1-4328-6743-0 (USA edition)
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July 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last Book Party
Author(s): Karen Dukess
ISBN: 1-250-22547-7 / 978-1-250-22547-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

June 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: The Last Book Party
Author(s): Karen Dukess
ISBN: 1-250-77442-X / 978-1-250-77442-2 (USA edition)
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Title: The Last Book Party
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