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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Charles and Sarah are a typical New York creative class couple -- he's in finance, she works at a hipster small press, yet both are indie-rock East Village veterans who aren't above snorting a little heroin on the weekends. But when they decide to take the logical next step and buy a condo in one of the glass-and-steel skyscrapers now dotting the waterfront of Williamsburg ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (first published September 20th 2015)
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Sure, it's the good ol' "money can't buy happiness" rag but ain't it the truth? A NYC hipster couple throw down their life savings on a brand spanking new million dollar condo with a killer view. The purchase immediately puts their relationship, and their sanity, to the test. Over the course of one week, we watch as Sarah and Charles begin to slowly unravel. Why is the creepy next door neighbor watching their every move? What is the purpose of the non-functioning column in their living room? Why ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed this novel a lot. I've put myself trough a regimen of paranoid condo novels prior to buying my own last year and unfortunately for Falatko, I've read J.G Ballard's iconic HIGH-RISE, which stands tall in the shadow of CONDOMINIUM, but I have to admit this was great nonetheless. There is part Ballard-ian paranoia, part Bret Easton Ellis' erasure of the self, yet Falatko has a faith in humanity the two others don't and it keeps trying to peek through the bureaucratic darkness of compet ...more
Jason Pettus
(DISCLOSURE: I am the owner of the publishing company that published this book.)

The CCLaP train is rolling along at full force these days, and I'm happy to announce our upcoming book for this October, Brooklynite Dan Falatko's literary debut, "Condominium." This will be right up the alley of John Updike fans who have always wanted to see his types of stories updated for the Millennial generation, essentially a tale about a creative-class couple in Manhattan who decide to buy a condo in one of th
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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Hipster's coming of age story: a young, downtown vibe couple has to come to grips with the inevitable transition awaiting them when they purchase a chic, desirable condo with a view. Moving on up? Yep, they want that luxury crap, but at the same time, are not particularly ready to sacrifice the sniff, snort, and puff party factor that has been a part of their lives up to...the condo, where rules and the obligatory respectability clause hamper their too cool for school, freestyle existence. The n ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for a review of this book, and I'm pleased to say I absolutely loved it. It's a super dark comedy with a messed up duo at its center. It's the first week in Charles and Sarah's new home and it's driving them even crazier than they already are. Their neighbor is totally creepy, their friends are trainwrecks, and they can barely hold it together. It's NYC at it's most crass. I look forward for more from this author and will def. be looking into more books from this press too.
This fish likes to read
Mar 25, 2016 marked it as meh-i-give-up
Shelves: arc
I couldn't finish this. I reached about 16% of the book and i wasn't gripped by it. It was too descriptive for my taste and I lose patience with that sort of writing. After enduring 16% i was like "get to the point". Sadly for now its shelved on DNF.
That is not to say it couldn't be a good read, not just for me.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was provided with an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

SPOILERS CONTAINED IN REVIEW: There was a line in the book that I absolutely loved – something to the effect that it doesn’t matter whether you live in a million dollar high-end condo or a trailer park, on Monday morning, you still have to go to work. This line turned out to be so appropriate because although the title of the book makes one think that the majority of the story is about the condo, a large
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was so good and so so close to being genuinely great, but it just lacked a little something in my opinion. I think Falatko did a fairly good job of capturing a moment and vibe, but there is little driving force throughout the book. So much of it reminded me of what brett easton ellis did capturing LA's and to some extent America's snake eating its trash-fire tail cultural wasteland, but he never really does better than ellis did and I think he does worse. He may not have been intentionally or ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Okay, we have Charles -- a worker bee in finance in some NYC firm, on the verge of a drug problem (well, maybe past the verge) -- and Sarah -- a worker bee in a small press, on the verge of actually working. Charles is making pretty good money, so they decide to buy a condo. They've been together for a few years now, and seem to be getting along okay, this seems like a good next step -- Sarah has dreams of a ring in the
Alysyn Reinhardt
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Falatko’s Condominium takes place within the time span of just one week, with sections separated by day. Charles & Sarah have just moved in their new condo & it serves as a symbol of their semi-fucked up lives. The one thing they have in common is that they feel like the condo owns them instead of the other way around. In Bret Easton Ellis form, it’s a novel about materialism, existentialism, consumerism, & every other ism, but simultaneously about absol
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Read my full review and *special interview with the author* here:

This book spans the first week that young couple Sarah and Charles move into a swanky new high rise in NYC. At first, they seem put together and ready for such a commitment: Charles recently got a raise so he's doing well at work and Sarah is in control when faced with decisions about the condo. But these two are not at all who they appear to be on the surface. And neither is their condo. At
Franny Burd
Mar 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book. I mean I REALLY didn't like it. I have a difficult time getting into books where there are no likable characters, and these characters were vile. Spoiled late twenties, early thirties people in NYC who do nothing but drink, snort coke and heroin and not do their jobs. I found the book pointless, over-descriptive and vapid. However, the author had a definite talent for writing. My recommendation would be keep writing, but find different subject matter.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I read the whole book, but I am not sure why I did it. There were a few times that I laughed out loud, and I was curious as to what made Raymond tick; but for the most part I had little empathy for characters who were drunk, high, and/or down all of the time. Self indulgence at the extreme!

The book was well written and I enjoyed the descriptions of NYC -- hence the three stars -- however I'm glad that those characters didn't buy into my building.
Ben Arzate
3.5 Stars

In the end, despite embodying some of the worst tendencies of literature coming out of New York these days, the humor and overall craftsmanship make Condominium a worthwhile read. It shows Daniel Falatko does have potential to write something excellent in the future.

Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Man, as much as I wanted to enjoy this book....I just could not get into it. Falatko has awesome writing abilities, but I found the characters to be unrelatable and the story line to drag on forever. Nothing exciting about this book. =(
Aug 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
Review pending...
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Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Would you like to spend some time in the lives of a young, aimless New York couple who just bought an expensive new condo? Because it was a Goodreads Giveaway, I read it, OK.
Heather Bee
Full review to come. Somewhere between ⭐⭐ and ⭐⭐⭐ ...more
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