Three-martini Lunch

Three-martini Lunch

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"In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas--the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. Cliff Nelson, the son of a successful book editor, is convinced he's the next Kerouac, if only his father would notice. Eden Katz dreams of being an editor but is shocked when she encounters roadblocks to that ambition. And Miles Tillman, a talented black writer from Harlem, seeks to learn the truth about his father's past, finding love in the process. Though different from one another, all three share a common goal: to succeed in the competitive and uncompromising world of book publishing. As they reach for what they want, they come to understand what they must sacrifice, conceal, and betray to achieve their goals, learning they must live with the consequences of their choices."--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399165481
0399165487
Branch Call Number: FIC RINDELL 2016
Characteristics: 500 pages ; 24 cm

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athompson10 May 26, 2016

Meh. Tale of three young people - an entitled and obnoxious rich white man, an Ivy-educated black man and a Jewish Midwestern woman - trying to break into the NYC publishing scene in the 1950s.

My main problem is that one of the characters, Miles, is written so unrealistically that it pulled me out of the story every time the spotlight came to him. As an African-American woman I can tell you that no black man of that era would have behaved as irresponsibly as Miles does in his relations with whites: the whole scene in San Francisco with the four white guys and the car just defies belief. I feel as though the author had some limited insight into Cliff, more into Eden and none at all into Miles, and it showed. Somehow, though he's written about extensively, Miles is the most shallow character.

MGBustillo May 20, 2016

Having loved Rindell's debut The Other Typist I was eager to read what she has new. She captures the energy of the Village in the 1950's and focuses on the publishing world through the eyes of a young woman, Eden, and two young men, Cliff and Miles. Eden filters through several publishing houses trying to find a place for women without sinking into several pitfalls and stereotypes. Miles possesses the skill of an author and is driven to uncover his father's past but cannot escape the social intolerance of the time and finally Cliff is the rich spoiled man who wants to be a writer for the fame and glory. A great title for the time period. Rindell provides a vivid image of the publishing world with long lunches and literary launch parties.

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