Rich Boy (Hardcover)

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It’s easy to sum this book
up in one word: lovely. Nothing
sensational happens in Rich Boy, which
makes it hard to describe, but I will
try. This is a prime example of solid
writing, rich characters, and the
growth of a character from his
adolescence into adulthood. Robert is
a loveable, but fallible character, and
you root for him until the very end.
Whether he was causing trouble in his
tiny Pennsylvania neighborhood, or
running with the "A-crowd" in college,
I couldn't wait to go back to this book
when I got home to see how the saga
continued. I was engulfed by his world
and transported to the New York and
East Coast every night. Robert wants
to "make something of himself," and
no matter how misguided he may be,
you will want that for him too. Sharon
is a University of Michigan grad, and
has made me a firm believer that
whatever they are doing down there
must be a good thing, because the
writers that come out of that MFA
program are solid storytellers.

— Jessilynn

Description


Robert Vishniak is the favored son of Oxford Circle, a working-class Jewish neighborhood in 1970s Philadelphia. Handsome and clever, Robert glides into the cloistered universities of New England, where scions of unimaginable wealth and influence stand shoulder to shoulder with scholarship paupers like himself who wash dishes for book money. The doors that open there lead Robert to the highest circles of Manhattan society during the heart of the Reagan boom where everything Robert has learned about women, through seduction and heartbreak, pays off. For a brief moment, he has it all-but the world in which he finds himself is not the world from which he comes, and a chance encounter with a beautiful girl from the old neighborhood-and the forgotten life she reawakens-threatens to unravel his carefully constructed new identity.

About the Author


Sharon Pomerantz is a graduate of the University of Michigan's M.F.A. program. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including "The Missouri Review" and "Ploughshares." Her story "Ghost Knife" was included in "The Best American Short Stories 2003, " and "Shoes" was nationally broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." She currently teaches writing at the University of Michigan. This is her first novel.

Praise For…


"This debut novel does something quite rare. It manages to be both detailed and general-- to tell a single story and make of it a parable, to chart the rise and fall of a representative figure in 'the American century.' Sharon Pomerantz reminds us of a truth that fiction can embody: however bright the flame or dark the burn-out, however commercial the marriage or spectacular the fraud, there are human beings at risk. Her character of Robert Vishniak is the poor Rich Boy writ large."
-Nicholas Delbanco, author of What Remains and The Vagabonds

"Very rarely, a writer comes along who understands the very rich, and those who are determined to become very rich. Think Fitzgerald and Gatsby, Bellow and Augie March, Wolfe and Bonfire of the Vanities. And now here comes Sharon Pomerantz, bringing to life in an utterly compelling and convincing way Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s, with all its avarice, ambition, snobbery, love, lust, and self-delusion. If you want to understand what made Bernie Madoff possible, I can think of no more serious, sensitive, and intelligent novel to read than Rich Boy."
-Eileen Pollack author of In the Mouth, The Rabbi in the Attic, and Paradise, New York

"At once a panoramic portrayal of American life from the 60s to the 80s and an intimate study of one restless dreamer of the American dream, Rich Boy offers us a vivid examination of class - the sharp and subtle distinctions between both rich and poor, and rich and wealthy. Pomerantz's book is a noteworthy addition to that long and distinguished line of American fiction about money stretching from The Great Gatsby to The Bonfire of the Vanities."
-Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

Product Details
ISBN: 9780446563185
Publisher: Twelve
Publication Date: August 1st, 2010
Pages: 528

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