The Red Book

The Red Book

Book - 2012
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The Big Chill meets The Group in Deborah Copaken Kogan's wry, lively, and irresistible new novel about a once-close circle of friends at their twentieth college reunion.

Clover, Addison, Mia, and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Clover, homeschooled on a commune by mixed-race parents, felt woefully out of place. Addison yearned to shed the burden of her Mayflower heritage. Mia mined the depths of her suburban ennui to enact brilliant performances on the Harvard stage. Jane, an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, made sense of her fractured world through words.

Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall. Clover, once a securities broker with Lehman, is out of a job and struggling to reproduce before her fertility window slams shut. Addison's marriage to a writer's-blocked novelist is as stale as her so-called career as a painter. Hollywood shut its gold-plated gates to Mia, who now stays home with her four children, renovating and acquiring faster than her director husband can pay the bills. Jane, the Paris bureau chief for a newspaper whose foreign bureaus are now shuttered, is caught in a vortex of loss.

Like all Harvard grads, they've kept abreast of one another via the red book, a class report published every five years, containing brief autobiographical essays by fellow alumni. But there's the story we tell the world, and then there's the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their twentieth reunion weekend, when they arrive with their families, their histories, their dashed dreams, and their secret yearnings to a relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend.
Publisher: New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401340827
1401340822
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 347 p. ; 25 cm.

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MariaWally Aug 18, 2012

Good read. Even more enjoyable having had a child go to Harvard..Amazing how the author nailed the Harvard student life without being an alum! Recommend to any reader. Innovative format.

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unJoCo
Aug 18, 2012

Fun read. My baby sis is Harvard Class of 2001 so I could relate to the location and the women.

centralparker Jun 25, 2012

Updated version of The Big Chill! Four female classmates of Harvard come together for their 20 year reunion. Plot device is the Red Book, an alumni directory updated every five years and sent to grads via snail mail. It is a great story with well developed characters. I have been recommending it highly!!

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dcafk
Jun 16, 2012

Entertaining read.

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Microbes
Mar 26, 2012

Reviewed in KC Star 3/25/12

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