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The Red Book

(2012)
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
The Big Chill meets The Group in Deborah Copaken Kogan's wry, lively, and irresistible new novel about a once-close circle of friends at their twentieth college reunion.

Clover, Addison, Mia, and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Clover, homeschooled on a commune by mixed-race parents, felt woefully out of place. Addison yearned to shed the burden of her Mayflower heritage. Mia mined the depths of her suburban ennui to enact brilliant performances on the Harvard stage. Jane, an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, made sense of her fractured world through words.

Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall. Clover, once a securities broker with Lehman, is out of a job and struggling to reproduce before her fertility window slams shut. Addison's marriage to a writer's-blocked novelist is as stale as her so-called career as a painter. Hollywood shut its gold-plated gates to Mia, who now stays home with her four children, renovating and acquiring faster than her director 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 brief autobiographical essays by fellow alumni. 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 weekend, when they arrive with their families, their histories, their dashed dreams, and their secret yearnings to a relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend.


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Praise for this book

"The Big Chill for the Facebook generation." - Adam Gopnik

"Striking, funny, sad, and true-to-life, The Red Book sweeps us into the intersecting lives of characters who all started their adult lives in the same place, but upon whom time works both its magic and its entropy. Deborah Copaken Kogan is a deeply feeling writer, and this novel is a joy to read." - Dani Shapiro

"I gobbled up The Red Book in two days, ignoring my work, my family, my life, so immersed was I in the lives of the people Deborah Copaken Kogan has so masterfully brought to life. Kogan's eye is at once wry and empathetic, and the book is a delight." - Ayelet Waldman

"Compulsive reading." - Meg Wolitzer


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September 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Red Book
Author(s): Deborah Copaken Kogan
ISBN: 1-84408-917-7 / 978-1-84408-917-8 (UK edition)
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July 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Red Book (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
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April 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Red Book
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ISBN: 1-84408-902-9 / 978-1-84408-902-4 (UK edition)
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Red Book
Author(s): Deborah Copaken Kogan
ISBN: 1-84408-900-2 / 978-1-84408-900-0 (UK edition)
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May 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Red Book
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ISBN: 1-4013-4199-3 / 978-1-4013-4199-2 (USA edition)
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Red Book
Author(s): Deborah Copaken Kogan
ISBN: 1-84408-901-0 / 978-1-84408-901-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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July 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Red Book
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April 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Red Book
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April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Red Book
Author(s): Deborah Copaken Kogan
Publisher: Virago
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