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Minor Snobs by Daniel Amory
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I won a copy of Minor Snobs from the author in a giveaway when it was released and I thought it was really good. It is a depiction of the present generation graduating from law school and finding themselves on the outskirts of a world that holds no guarantees for them. The themes are obvious and not-so-obvious but it is apparent that they have been playing by the rules yet jobs are hard to come by since the great recession. Characters: the story follows Tom as he studies for the bar exam--all of the other characters are seen through his eyes. He seems like he is half-the-dreamer, half-the-follower. Trying to find his place in the world while "pawning" hours of his life studying is one of the main underlying themes as he contemplates the actions of the other characters.

Tom meets Gwynn at a rooftop party after graduation, which hints at the promise of their ensuing relationship. Gwynn is worried about the economy and how she will find a job after the exam; she is pretty, smart, independent and witty. She was probably my favorite character. She tells Tom that she doesn't see the pressure of the exam getting to her, but she struggles with that pressure, like the other characters, as the summer goes on.

Griffin is Tom's friend and he contemplates whether he wants to actually practice law. He dreams, it seems, about doing almost anything other than being a lawyer. He talks of opening a bagel shop, he falls behind on the study schedule, he starts to date a girl he met at a wedding while worrying about being the next Connor or Gibbs.

Connor is introduced to Tom through Griffin. Connor is caught up in the dream of re-kindling a relationship with a former girlfriend. This "obsession" rules almost every one of his actions as he plans a trip with her following the bar exam. Gibbs is one year older than the rest and is a lawyer at a firm in the city. Gibbs is married and has a daughter. As the summer progresses, the pressure of his job and the new responsibility to provide for his family (which limits his moves) mounts.

Jerry Moss is a lawyer that works with Tom at the City, where Tom is a law clerk. Jerry is in his fifties and lonely and though Tom thinks he is a sympathetic figure, he finally realizes that they are de facto friends.
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