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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  34 reviews

A landmarked midtown Manhattan address. Carnegie Hall and Central Park at your feet. Three hundred units. Thirty-two full-time employees. Five hundred neighbors. You’ve hit the big time. Joined the elite. But what do you know about them, the neighbors? Have you ever met them? Really engaged with them? Or do you gaze down in the elevator, the same way you do on the subway a

Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published March 18th 2019
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InD'tale Magazine
Filled with twisty turns, shocking revelations, and provocative portrayals of institutionalized power inequities, “Cooperative Lives” is a precisely engineered cautionary tale that entertains.

Read full review in the 2019 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Impressive debut novel!!!

How well do we know our neighbors and do we really want to?!
In this long book, we get a bunch of intertwined characters from lawyers, residents, kids, press to law agents. They all live in a co-op. And all are somehow connected. You will have to pay attention to all the details from page one. The premise deals with a lot of heavy subjects like losing a loved one, divorce, family secrets, and betrayal.

This is not a quick or easy read. The constant switching of points o
Judi Easley
Cooperative Lives
Patrick Finegan
Mar 2019
350 pages
General Fiction, Mystery
Provided by Rep

I found the cover to be quite interesting with the pencil sketch of the city and the block lettering for the title and author’s name like you might see on architectural drawings. Then right in the middle the scribble with the red, yellow, and green circles representative of the traffic light. It really appealed to the graphic designer in me.

The story was a different kettle of fish altogether. It started with
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Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Cooperative Lives” by Patrick Finegan begins when the city of Manhattan is hit by a huge power failure. One of the residents, who is already down on his luck, finds himself locked out of his apartment because of his dependence on technology. Glimpses are given in the lives of others who reside there during this time. As the story evolves, connections are made and there is a greater understanding of how the main characters are linked.

Each person has his or her own story to tell, and these stori
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Kudos to Patrick Finegan on his very first novel! The synopsis of Cooperative Lives enamored me. I especially love a story or film where you are continually surprised at how individual lives are staggeringly connected. Some of these revelations were heart-stopping as Finegan doesn't allow you to see these disclosures coming. Finegan's style of writing is, at times, so tremendously detailed, I felt as though I were interpreting poetry. I value Finegan's expert command in the New York pedestrian's ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘It’s crazy, Everyone’s gone nuts, a if it’s Mardi Gras.’

New York author Patrick Finegan makes an impressive writing debut with COOPERATIVE LIVES. He earned his degrees from Northwestern University and University of Chicago Law School and practiced law, corporate finance, management consulting and risk management. Now he writes. Living in a situation that he describes in his novel offers credibility to the messages of this book.

A hint of the immediacy of this novel is well scribed in the author’
Billy Buttons
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
27th July, 2019
TITLE: Cooperative Lives
AUTHOR: Patrick Finegan
Star Rating: 5

‘A literary work of art. A look at life and how it was; how, in many ways, it still is. Very enjoyable.’ The Wishing Shelf

This novel is a rich tapestry, strong on character - and range of characters – and almost as strong on plot. Set in New York only a few years ago, it is a story written with a gold-tipped pen; a story full of complex characters, many, if not all of them, i
Entrada Book Review
Who fully knows who their neighbors are and what they do day to day? Just how intertwined is your life with your neighbors? Probably a lot deeper than you could ever imagine. This is just what Patrick Finegan’s Cooperative Lives takes a comprehensive investigative look into, pulling the reader into an apartment building in New York City and the lives of its residents.

Cooperative Lives is a true slice of life novel and is so exquisitely detailed that the reader cannot help but feel as if they ar
Karyn H
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Very Realistic Book

Patrick Finegan did a fine job at making a fiction. He gives the reader an insight into the big city life. The author gives vivid descriptions of cities and locations within New York City. Reference is also made to popular personalities in the book that really keeps you engaged.
I really enjoy reading books that I can very much relate with and this book definitely gives me just what I want. There is a range of vividly described characters in this novel to keep you engaged un
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Finegan captures the intricate lives and personalities within the walls of this Manhattan apartment building. Cooperative Lives is mesmerizing as the characters come alive as they interact with each other. You get the author’s view of interaction with others in one of the larger cities in the U.S. His characters are just like your neighbors, some you enjoy and others you wish would move along.
Cooperative Lives is exceptional as the author pulls back the walls and let us view the lives
Shanell Meek
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully descriptive and Reminder that we are connected.

This book is a perfect reminder that we are all linked and our actions and words can affect everyone around us even those who we do not necessarily know. The author does an exceptional job building the characters and storyline. Each character is equally as important as the next person and they are all connected in a web of stories, lies, malpractice, and politics.
Finegan created a world that is real and makes the reader feel like they
Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
Residents in a Manhattan co-op near Central Park, come and go, rarely acknowledging one another. But each of their stories are intertwined; some more so than others. At the core of the story is Sheldon, an investment manager, and Wallace who is in IT. The two have known each other for some time through their daughters. But tragedy and misfortune throw them together in ways they never could have foreseen. With a generous helping of plot twists and well fleshed-out characters, this book is an intr ...more
Jacqueline Roche
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you will savor word for word!
I really appreciate a book that I cannot rip through in 3 or 4 hours! It is well-written, with carefully-crafted sentences, excellent character development and scene setting. I absolutely got lost in the story. Rather than skipping over frivolous phrasing, I found myself re-reading sentences to make sure I absorbed everything or to revisit the clever wording.

It has been a very long time since I was able to truly enjoy a book and have a vested interest
Katherine Hebert
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So intricately laid out and weaved

Cooperative Lives is the soap opera book I didn’t know I needed. It’s about a group of big city dwellers who live in the same co-op, and how their lives - while appearing to be separate - are really are interconnected. The characters themselves were totally real and relatable. The plot was so well thought out that it reminds me of game of thrones (in detail planning not blood and gore). It was a little on the long side but I enjoyed every minute of it. You real
Jimmy Jefferson
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction with an original adventure

This story is about the people who live in a downtown Manhattan high rise. They range from famous to infamous to unknown. With multiple careers from writer to senator and more, these residents all have one thing in common. They have found themselves in the middle of a scandal. The author creates a great storyline and describes the scene with an easy style that pulls you right in to the days events. The characters are developed and relatable while cer
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Congratulations to Mr. Finegan for an impressive first novel. Nabokovian detail, the horrifying existential twists of JP Sartre and the deep and rich vocabulary of Fitzgerald. Impressive read.

The story lines were layered, and complex (due to the intricate detail) but all very real, recognized or recognizable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The author should write adapt it into a film.

Again, well done!
Daniel Edwards
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Cooperative Lives is Patrick Finegan's first work of fiction and is, as he describes it, "the world's most contemporary historical novel." He isn't incorrect in saying that the New York of 6-8 years ago is vastly different from New York today. And while that may throw some readers off, the book still holds up. It's a well constructed piece of story-telling. Finegan meticulously shows the reader each puzzle piece throughout the book before connecting them all in a rather thrilling conclusion.

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Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that COOPERATIVE LIVES by Patrick Finegan is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Cooperative Lives attempts to use multiple perspectives to dig into the lives of one residential co-op in downtown New York. Finegan manages to interweave the lives of most of his characters into one story and the novel’s strength lay in its poetic language and unique, well-developed characters. However, it failed to focus, leaving me frustrated and confused.

Rich prose and impressive description carries us through past and present. The book opens on a summer blackout, following as George Wallace
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book just doesn’t stop. From the first page to the last, I found myself tumbling through an accelerating world of espionage, romance; coincidence at its most absolutely consequential. The story largely takes place in New York City, a setting that is really brought to life (if you’ll excuse the cliche) in this novel. In a place so densely packed with such a diverse population, Finegan has imagined how closely interconnected people really can be: the effect of strangers on one another’s lives ...more
Kat Kennedy
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Patrick Finegan’s Cooperative Lives is a novel centered on the lives of a number of inhabitants of a mid-town Manhattan Co-op – some famous, others infamous, but all caught up in some degree in an unexpected, nationally newsworthy scandal. Finegan weaves a tale of betrayal on both the personal and national level so well that one hardly notices the threads as the story unfolds. Usually in novels of this sort there are many tell-tale signs which lead readers to at least come close to guessing the
Susan  Alpert
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cooperative Lives by Patrick Finegan is a tragicomedy thriller about two interracial families (IT director Wallace and his Kurdish wife Hanni and corporate lawyer Jack and his wife Susan) and their elderly neighbors living in a cooperative on posh Central Park South. The novel contains more twists and turns than The Guggenheim. Not only are the lives of the main characters at risk but also many of the shocking surprises in the novel are almost heart-stopping to read. Finegan worked for many year ...more
Scott Quick
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A superb big city/small neighborhood story
I really, unexpectedly, enjoyed this book!

To explain…I'm very particular about my reading choices. Books that pass through my hard-to-define filter are a crazy mix of history (fact and fiction), crime (fact and fiction), sailing, mountain climbing, spaceships, dragons and sales processes. The common thread is that they were in-synch with whatever my state of mind was at the point I added them to my Kindle queue. A gifted book is rarely in-synch and usual
Veronica Richard
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was jam packed with information. It was a never ending adventure that kept me enticed the whole time.

The story takes place mainly in New York City, and focuses on the lives of a few residents of a co-op across from Central Park. The character development and setting descriptions are very developed and it’s amazing how every character matters to this story. In some way, everyone is connected. The character list at the beginning of the story was very helpful in keeping track of everyone
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought Cooperative Lives was an excellent examination into how we're all more connected than we really know. The book focuses on the residents of a co-op building. The setting was richly New York City and I thought both the setting and the characters were incredibly developed. It made me miss living in a really big city and also convinced me I would like New York if I ever get the chance to visit. I struggled a bit with the differing points of view, but that's just my hangup sometimes. I love ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wish I liked this more. Not a favorite.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
J.D. DeHart
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Finegan shows a talent for description and realistic storytelling in Cooperative Lives — an enjoyable literary title.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is about our world from only 6 years ago. The author strives to recount how different our lives were only 6 short years ago. So much about our world has changed and we wouldn’t believe some of the changes we have seen back then. Set in New York City and following a host of characters, we get a first-row ticket to see how their lives intersect and influence each other in even the smallest of ways.
The writing was very fluid and eloquent, and the stories were interesting, but I think may
Eva Njiraini
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story revolves around several characters who live in a coop in New York City. Their lives are intertwined in interesting ways, even though they do not know it.

I loved the beautiful language in this book. It is an engaging character-driven story with a surprising ending. All the characters are well developed.

The book moves seamlessly from the present-day to the past as the author gives us the backstories of the various characters.

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest
Ashley Hooker
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered how exciting your life is? Well after reading this book, I believe our lives are secluded, boring, and our society just doesn’t care about anything but themselves. The author has crafted this contemporary fiction story about a co-op where residents don’t really know each other despite being neighbors. While this book has its place in literature, I found it to be slow moving and lacked excitement. At the end of this story, I did better understand how we are all weaved toget ...more
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Patrick Finegan was born during the latter half of the Eisenhower Administration and graduated during the Carter and Reagan Administrations from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Law School and Graduate School of Business. He worked more than thirty years in law, corporate finance, management consulting and risk management. He has a wife and grown daughter and has lived in the ...more

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