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Any reader has a right to review Who Town as he/she see fit, how the story/characters makes someone feel/react. But I would like to address the comment one reader made about the plot being confused with the characters. Some novels ei: romances and detective stories are plot driven, while others are more character driven. I'll use Salinger as an example. Would someone like to explain to me the "plot" of Franny & Zooey?
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Who Town is a fun and weird read about 20-something "it-kids," rich kids, models and children of the famous in New York City. I wouldn't say it's entirely satire. Having grown up on the periphery of this very scene the characters are almost like caricatures but are actually quite convincing, not exaggerated. Roxy, an aspiring artist whose family pays for her enormous Tribeca loft. Rick, a rocker whose father was in a famous band. Lola, the damaged actress who is not afraid to have sex on screen. ...more
If you're looking for biting wit and a sober-but-hilarious look at the NYC fashion and art scene, read this book! Kirschbaum is an insider who gives us a good, hard, funny look at the dark underbelly of New York's party and art scene. The lives of It Girls Lola and Roxy, indie-band front man Rick, and "Tribune" art columnist Sarah are intertwined in a tale that makes you step back and question the machinery behind high fashion, art, and the journalists that manipulate our perception of them.
Alice steps through the mirror, Dante walks through a dark forest and into hades... and, similarly, Sarah, the protagonist of former journalist Susan Kirschbaum's clever and honest debut novel, crosses Canal Street and into a fashionable photo shoot held at a Tribeca loft. Not anything like her modest, middle-class suburban Philly upbringing, Sarah cannot help falling through this rabbit hole into a world fueled by drugs, trust funds, and Louboutins, and populated by a porn star with a heart of ...more
A satisfactory departure from nausea-inducing chick-lit, "Who Town" quickly wins your affection after just a few pages, and your respect after a few chapters. Susan Kirschbaum's debut novella depicts 'the real New York' without apologies or reservations.
This is a great book--an updated Bright Eyes Big City with more interesting characters, It really reminded me of moving to nYC and trying to find a place for yourself, while trying to find out who you are at the same time. Much more interesting than the books people proclaim as "coming of age books" its for any age--Give it to your friends, nieces, and favorite cool aunts! As well as your male friends, nephews, and your fave cool uncle x
WHO TOWN is a delicious insiders' peek into the fascinating lives of a handful of NYC characters. I really enjoyed the voyeuristic aspects of the book, which was clearly written by a person with first-hand experience in the exclusive New York art & music scene.
Susan Kirschbaum started her writing career as a journalist, penning cultural stories for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, the Jewish Forward, the London Times, New York Observer, New York Magazine, and the New York Times, among others. After myriad art critiques, then dipping into investigative journalism, she decided to delve deeper into the human psyche and write fiction. She’s never looked back.
Her firs ...more
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“Preserve your own mystery. We live in an age of social media and what seems like extreme sharing of personal details. I would beg to differ that these revelations are not honest truths but more self-branding. Whatever the case, save a little bit, or a lot, for yourself. If you run around naked all the time, when the storm hits, you’ll have no raincoat.”More quotes…