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
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 ...more
General Fiction, Mystery
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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 ...more
Each person has his or her own story to tell, and these stori ...more
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’ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Cooperative Lives is exceptional as the author pulls back the walls and let us view the lives ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
Rich prose and impressive description carries us through past and present. The book opens on a summer blackout, following as George Wallace ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The writing was very fluid and eloquent, and the stories were interesting, but I think may ...more
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 ...more
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