The Fortunate Ones
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”And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.”
-- Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
This story begins with two men pulling up in front of a house, the third time in a month they were sent out on an errand to deliver unwanted news. By the time they stopped in front of this house ...more
Ed Tarkington's new book, The Fortunate Ones , was a great book to start off 2021 with!
Charlie was growing up in a poor neighborhood in East Nashville with his single mother, and didn’t really think about what more life could offer. But when his mother gets him a scholarship to The Yeatman School, an exclusive private school, his life changes tremendously. Suddenly he realizes the ease by which people of privilege move through the world, seemingly impervious to problems and rules an ...more
Charlie Boykin ...more
A Southern exposé in a certain way, with grace and pain wrapped between frankly beautiful written pages. I was not expecting to love this story of a white man in the South, but there are some kernels here and no one was more surprised to find them than me.
Characters: ★★★★ 1/2
For those who know me here on Goodreads and in the book community, you might be thinking this really isn't my type of read. (You're totally right) A book written by a white dude, about a w ...more
This book echoes the classic platitude of be careful what you wish for, as money does not buy happiness. In the 1960s, a teenage mom living in the South becomes pregnant by a boy drafted to Vietnam and never to be seen again. Her father is unrelenting about her raising a child out of wedlock in his house, so she chooses to be ...more
Honestly, I wasn't sure how much I would be interested in reading about privileged white boys in Nashville, but I was immediately intrigued by the prologue.
When Charlie is unexpectedly accepted on scholarship to an elite private school, it triggers a confluence of events that change the trajectory of his life.
The Fortunate Ones is a solid 4⭐ read. I did find the end ...more
I’m guessing a lot of people will love this, but for me it was too polite at best a look at privilege. I didn’t realize this going in, but it’s a loose Gatsby retelling and still misses that mark ...more
This book is a character study; don't read it if you are looking for an active plot. It is the story of Charlie. How he and his mother's relationship grows and then changes when surrounded ...more
Then Charlie lucks out. His mother dresses them both in their Sunday best and takes her son to an intervi ...more
Book: The Fortunate Ones
Author: Ed Tarkington
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For...: Historical fiction fans
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual content, romance, law breaking behavior)
Synopsis: When Charlie Boykin was young, he thought his life with his single mother on the working-class side of Nashville was perfectly fine. B ...more
Charlie Boykin thought he had escaped the past when Arch Creigh was the center of his world, when he had carried a torch for Arch's girlfriend, the beautiful Vanessa.
The news sends Charlie reeling back in time to when he was the fortunate recipient of a scholarship to an elite private school where met Arch and was invited into the homes of the wealthy and privileged. It was a world built on tradition, the personal quashed for the sake of ...more
I’m quite conflicted with how I feel about this book because overall it was very enjoyable. Tarkington’s writing makes for easy reading and I sped through the story in a little less than two days because my mind wouldn’t stop coming back to it. I was captivated in the first half of the book and I was invested in Charlie’s coming-of-age story; however, my ...more
Charlie Boykin lived with his single mother and aunt on the working-class side of Nashville and relies on his friend to protect him until his mother arranges for him to be admitted as a scholarship student to the elite Yeatman school in the wealthy neighboring town of Belle Meade in the 1980's. Once there, Charlie is paired up with upperclassma ...more
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I’ve been a Californian for more than 20 years now, but i grew up and went to college in Virginia, where I studied Southern writers as part of my English major. Ed Tarkington’s The Fortunate Ones was like putting on a comfortable pair of old shoes, ones I hadn’t worn in a very long time but had definitely walked some miles in long ago.
It’s hard to beat a good coming-of-age tale, and this, a southern great gatsb ...more
In the opening pages of Ed Tarkington’s forthcoming novel, The Fortunate Ones (pub. date: 5 January 2021), we meet Casualty Notification Officer Charlie Boykin as he informs a family of their lost son and soldier. We learn that Charlie’s own father died while serving in Vietnam before Charlie was b ...more
We tend to be envious of “the fortunate ones”, the ones “born with a silver spoon in their mouths”. This is a strong character study told from the perspective of an outsider who has been granted access to the elitist insiders. Thus, we ...more
This story is a character driven plot and very much a character study. The reader will follow Charlie’s life and how he grows and changes based on his new life among the wealthy a ...more
The Fortunate Ones is the story of Charlie Boykin, who was born to a teenage single mother and grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Nashville. When he ends up at a prestigious prep school, his life becomes intertwined with his weal ...more
The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington is a riveting coming of age novel set in Nashville, TN.
Raised by his single mother, Bonnie, Charlie Boykin's father died in Vietnam before he was born. He and his mom live with his cousin in an impoverished part of Nashville. His mother works as a cocktail waitress and money is extremely tight. But his life drastically changes when Bonnie secures Charlie a scholarship to a private school. He is befriended by Archer "Arch" Creigh and Charlie is sudd ...more