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The Privileges: A Novel | [Jonathan Dee]

The Privileges: A Novel

Jonathan Dee is the critically acclaimed author of Palladio. With The Privileges, Dee crafts a “suspenseful, melancholy, and acidly funny tale” (Booklist). In it, ambitious couple Adam and Cynthia Morey marry straight out of college and have two children. Then Adam, unfulfilled with his job at a private investment firm, becomes involved in insider trading and gains excessive wealth for his family. But as Adam and Cynthia discover, money can’t buy happiness.
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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Dee is the critically acclaimed author of Palladio. With The Privileges, Dee crafts a “suspenseful, melancholy, and acidly funny tale” (Booklist). In it, ambitious couple Adam and Cynthia Morey marry straight out of college and have two children. Then Adam, unfulfilled with his job at a private investment firm, becomes involved in insider trading and gains excessive wealth for his family. But as Adam and Cynthia discover, money can’t buy happiness.

©2010 Jonathan Dee (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Thoughtful and bracingly unpredictable.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Pat Frankfort, KY, United States 03-11-13
    Pat Frankfort, KY, United States 03-11-13
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    "A little boring"
    What disappointed you about The Privileges?

    I just had trouble getting into the story..


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Aaron Baker?

    I liked him as the narrator. I just do not think changing would have made a difference/


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael A. Cudmore Charlotte, NC 02-08-15
    Michael A. Cudmore Charlotte, NC 02-08-15 Member Since 2013

    The Cudmore Family

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    "Franzen without the meat"

    If you like John Franzen novels, you might get excited as I did toward the beginning when the author introduces many interesting and well thought out characters. The somewhat ironic or at least aloof writing style very Franzen-esque.... The problem with this story though is that there is no point.. There are no lessons learned or really interesting consequences to anything... In fact the author seems to tease us with things that almost go terribly terribly wrong, but nothing ever really does... This family seems to just bounce around through life until the book ends..

    Not sure if I could go back in time, would I buy this book.

    Narration was great, and admittedly is probably the only reason I made it all the way through it




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