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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  6,474 ratings  ·  1,076 reviews
A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance t
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co.
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This was a very light and easy read for me and so nice to enjoy a book like this between so many thrillers and heavy dramas. Twenty five year old Eve Rosen wants to be a writer but lacks confidence, inspiration, and the hard work that can be necessary to write a book. She does work in a publishing house as an assistant, hoping everything about writing will rub off on her but actually is getting nowhere with her writing. When she misses out on a promotion that should have gone to her, she quits h ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
As I was reading this book I continually had the feeling that “I’ve read this before, heard this before”. I think this would be a good beach read but there is nothing really fresh or new here. I don’t even think I would call it a coming of age book because the young woman is out of college and has been working for a while, aged 24 or 25.

The novel is about Eve who has been working as an editorial assistant at the New Yorker Magazine. She has aspirations of becoming a published writer but doesn’t
Carol (Bookaria)
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mesmerizing and engaging. I loved every page of this novel.

This book made me yearn for a place I've never been to, and a time in the publishing industry I did not live (I was alive at the time, just not there, you know what I mean).

It's emotional and easy to read, the pages flew by. I did not care as much about the plot as I did about the characters. Think late 1980s, New York, Cape Cod, summer, publishing, books, and growing up. Romance? maybe but this is much more than that.

Larry H
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"But how could you live and have no story to tell?"

This quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky is the epigraph to Karen Dukess' terrific debut novel, The Last Book Party , and it couldn't be more appropriate. Dukess' book is both a coming-of-age story and a look at the loss of idealism, the siren song of art and those who create it, and an exploration of the always fascinating dynamics of families and their relationships.

In the summer of 1987, Eve Rosen has a fairly boring j
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Last Book Party is a quick, seasonal read about Eve, a recent college graduate and aspiring writer, who takes a temporary job in Cape Cod, where her family spends their summers, working as an assistant to writer, Henry Grey.

Eve is fascinated by the unconventional lifestyle of Henry and his wife, Tillie, a poet. In her quest to achieve the artistic lifestyle, Eve learns more about herself during this summer, feeling bolder and uninhibited. This could be considered a coming-of-age story.

Diana • Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → Loved that this novel was about books, writing, and publishing, set in the late 1980s. During a summer on Cape Cod, 25-year old Eve Rosen takes a job as research assistant to New Yorker writer Henry Grey. Eve's view of herself & her life's ambitions change when she becomes wrapped up in Henry's family & literary circle. A breezy summer read. ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Eve Rosen is a terrible person. What I thought would be a story celebrating a love for storytelling while showcasing the grittier side of publishing and what it takes to create stories turned out to be a terrible coming-of-age story full of garbage, selfish characters and a plot that left me bored and angered.

Eve, in simplest terms, can fall for a man at the drop of a hat.

First it was Franny (what type of name is THAT), a shallow, rich Cape Cod man whom she slept with and then found out had a
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In the publishing world of the 1980s, Eve Rosen is stuck as an editorial assistant while yearning for her own writing career. Hoping that literary genius will rub off on her, she jumps at an invitation to a Cape Cod summer party hosted by New Yorker writer, Henry Grey, and his enigmatic poet wife, Tillie. At a summer home in the same town as her parents’, Eve begins to explore another world, full of artists, writers, and creatives.

Upon returning to the city and her normal life, Eve receives a ru
Jamie Brenner
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a serious book lover with endless nostalgia for the 1980s, I completely lost myself in this beautiful book. It's a joy!
3 stars to this great summer read!

The Last Book Party is the perfect summer read. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet there is enough substance to keep the pages turning. It's characterized as "coming of age", which I am unsure about, but it definitely deals with a young, twenty something woman who works in the publishing industry, trying to find a direction. It's debatable if she ultimately reaches one, but I think that's open to interpretation.

Book lovers will really appreciate the behi
Nicole Chinnici
4.5, rounding up.

The Last Book Party is a charming coming of age story that feels both timeless and nostalgic.

“Everyone seemed so confident. It was like they were preparing to become the ‘voices of their generation’ and I was struggling to clear my throat.”

Told through Eve’s perspective, the reader is drawn in as she attends the party of an acclaimed writer and introduced to a new world she wasn’t previously privy to. Eve is in her mid-twenties, working a job she doesn’t particularly love, and
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess was such a fun novel, and one that I greatly enjoyed reading!

What it's about: 25-year-old Eve Rosen wants to be a writer but is currently stuck in a less-than-stellar job at a publishing company. When she is invited to a party at the Cape Cod home of a famous New Yorker writer, Henry Grey, she ends up also landing a job as his assistant for the summer. She moves back in with her parents and starts work for Henry. Summer is to end with his and his w
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4 summer reading stars

For me, this was a perfect summer read, a refreshing break from thrillers and historical fiction. Much is set on Cape Cod, a favorite summer location for me and the author does a great job of putting us in the setting. We meet Eve in the late 1980s as she’s toiling away as an assistant in a publishing house in New York. This was a fascinating look at life working in publishing, another dream of mine. Eve is an aspiring writer but can’t quite bring herself to write anything.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Book Party is a fun, light read which I totally enjoyed and would recommend for a beach read. Eve is working as an assistant in a publishing house and has dreams of becoming a writer, but she hasn't been writing anything for awhile. When passed over for a promotion the thought she deserved she quits her job and moves back to Cape Code and takes a summer job working for an established author, Henry Grey, as his assistant. Eve makes some bad choices over the summer during her interactions ...more
Literary Soirée
I absolutely adore this book! That cover of course, and the luscious writing, the engaging coming of age story of Eve, a publishing house assistant in the literary garden of 1987.

Enveloped me like a cashmere throw, as I lost hours in the tale of this charming twentysomething’s transition to assistant to a renown Cape Cod writer. The beach, the books, the blow out party thrown by the author and his wife, both artistic luminaries in a storied world.

Made me long for you
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) 4.5 stars. Bookish, nostalgic, fabulous timeless narrator and setting. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to read about writing and the publishing industry, and for anyone who adores books set in beach towns as much as I do.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars
I loved the parts of this book that had to do with books, publishing, and reading. Those parts were so few and far between. It mostly seems like a book about some love affairs, but even those were tedious, yet not even thoroughly developed at the same time. I just did not care about it. Eve and Franny are together for part of a chapter, and then they meet again at the end, there's nothing really to make me believe that they had any connection at all besides a brief physical one.
It was a
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
"I looked beyond the display to the tall bookshelves ringing the room, every inch of them filled with books, thick and slim, their spines shimmering in hues of brown and gold, blue and dusty red, black and green. In those books were more stories than could be counted - not just the stories on the pages, but the stories that had spurred someone to find the words and write them down. To bring to life imaginary people that, over time, had become as good as real."

Another book about books set in 1980
Lisa Leone-campbell
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The Last Book Party is a coming of age story about Eve Rosen, who is "stuck" in a position as an assistant to an editor at a book publishing company. When she is passed up for a promotion, which was given to a man, she begins to rethink her future as well as her past.

Since middle school Eve has wanted to write stories...short stories and novels. But unfortunately her fear of failure has always gotten in her way and with her brother who is a math genius and who has always been cheered on by her p
A delightful summer escape! A solid 4 stars!
We meet 25-year-old assistant, Eve Rosen. She works in a publishing house in New York and has aspirations of becoming a writer one day. Things don't go as she hopes with her job, so she quits and takes a summer job as an assistant to a well-known writer Henry Grey, who writes for the New Yorker. She is immediately attracted to Henry's son, Franny, who is close in age.

"I took his damp glove. Bits of oyster shell dug into my fingers as he clasped my ha
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Many thanks to Henry Holt for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Okay. So.

I've actually tried to read this about five times and I am now surrendering.

There isn't anything wrong with this book. Not at all. Sometimes, a book just isn't working for me so I have to say goodbye.

But I definitely recommend you give this a try! It's bookish and a pretty lighthearted read!


Me: *Hears the word "books"*

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Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
☀️🌊 The Last Book Party is a quick S U M M E R Y novel giving you all the feels of the Cape’s picturesque sand dunes, beaches and sea. It centers on post-graduate Eve Rosen who’s in the process of finding her true self during time spent as the famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey’s assistant. We also learn of another side of 1980’s Cape Cod (unknown to Eve and her family that reside there) which is of the writer and artsy variety.

Eve is in her 20’s and desperately wants a change from her dead end
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's 1987, feminism is burgeoning, opportunities for women are opening up and people are finding greater freedom to express themselves. For 25 year old Eve Rosen she is looking to break from the norms set by her conservative parents. She dreams of writing, but is stuck in a middling assistant job at a publishing house, and lacks the confidence to pursue her dream of writing her own novel. When an opportunity to attend a party at the Cape Cod home of Henry Grey, a writer for the New Yorker, and h ...more
Feb 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
I was drawn to The Last Book Party because it's a story about books. Eve loves book and wants to work in the publishing industry. She takes a job as an assistant for a famous writer. The job is an eye opener. The writer's life is not as great as Eve thought. The story portrays a time when Eve is trying to figure out who she is. She wants approval from her family, a mistake in my opinion. She is lost in her search for identity and makes some bad decisions. Live and learn and all that. The story i ...more
4.5 stars

Oops… I did not mean to finish this book in one sitting and let alone to like it so much either.

The Last Book Party is like a bad drug that you shouldn’t dabble with, but you will try anyways because it sounded SOO good. I do not really read romance and they are not really my genre, but this sucked me right in and I wanted to know how is it like for people in their 20’s to grow up in the 80’s.

The story was narrated by Eve Rosen – a 25-year-old booklover and works for publishing indust
Andrea Rothman
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In simple and elegant prose that literally flies on the page, The Last Book Party offers a realistic and enchanting insider look at the high-powered world of publishing and writing. Set in Cape Cod and NYC in the late 1980’s, this coming-of age story is told through the eyes of 25-year old aspiring writer, Eve Rosen. Smart and ambitious yet impressionable and unaware of her potential, Eve looks up to successful writers, young and old, and mostly male, for insight about the craft and approval of ...more
Julia Phillips
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I tore through this novel in a single night. Intensely charming, intelligent, sexy, and specific, THE LAST BOOK PARTY immerses us in the incestuous world of the 1980s literary elite, from boozy publicist-thrown parties in Manhattan to the writing nooks of a New Yorker staff writer on Cape Cod. The novel's narrator, Eve, has all the insecurities and doubts of any 25-year-old aspiring writer but doesn't let those stop her from being a compelling, bold, active heroine in charge of her own life. Thi ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars rounded up. This is the perfect kind of novel for summer reading: easy, quick and entertaining--especially for book lovers. And aren't we all that here??

In June of 1987, Eve Rosen, aspiring writer and assistant to publishing editor Malcolm Wing, at Hodder, Strike, and Perch, attends a party on Cape Cod given by Henry Grey, one of the authors with whom she corresponds, a man who has written a column for the New Yorker for many years. She immediately falls in lust over Henry's handsome
Karen R
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. This book felt like a memoir of someone working in the publishing industry. But it is not. Dukess addresses the challenges of writing like an industry insider in this fictional story told from the perspective of a bookish girl. Dukess’s characters don’t often do what is right, yet I felt human vulnerability. Her title-dropping of books throughout the story was a great touch.

An enjoyable summer read set against a literary landscape. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC in exchange
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel so fortunate being among the first to review this extraordinary novel. I was unable to put the book down for a moment.

Eve Rosen works for a publisher, dreaming of becoming a writer. It is a visit to a party among the literary elite in Truro that changes the course of her life. Rather than inspiration, Eve becomes entangled in the lives of the Grey family. It is in the few summer months, following the party that she learns difficult life lessons. . The story is not a typical coming of age
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Karen Dukess has a work history as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on parenting for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. THE LAST BOOK PA ...more

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