Cities and families make up our lives in equal measure: both never stop changing, and both can protect us, hold us—or cut us to the bone. For Mary Forrest, 29, her city and her family are deeply entwined: her mother, Evelyn, is the editor of the most prestigious literary magazine in New York, as much a part of the city as the Chelsea Hotel (now condos) or Green-Wood Cemetery (now five figures per plot). In 1999, as gentrification morphs the neighborhoods Evelyn and Mary have known all their lives, Evelyn’s mind likewise starts to slip away. Mary’s life is going the way of the Automat and Luna Park, and she is furious.
As her city, her mother, and the other touchstones of her life start to fade away, Mary looks for hope in astrology, men, friends, and work. But when all seems lost, it’s time to stop looking for happiness outside, and start looking for the guiding stars within.
Elegiac and elegant, this new edition of Sara Gran’s first novel is introduced by the author.
“Perfectly suited to the present . . . Gran is expert at social comedy, and at making rooms come alive.” —NPR Books
“How refreshing to encounter a twenty-something female narrator who is intelligent, witty, breath-takingly honest and in pursuit of neither money nor marriage. Rather, Sara Gran’s Mary is seeking to come to terms with loss and missed connections. A very funny novel, but ultimately a poignant one.” —Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route
“Sophisticated, eclectic, witty and poignant.” —Rocky Mountain News
“Gran’s first offers sly humor while incorporating some emotional heft . . . A must for nostalgic Manhattanites.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A smart and discerning story.” —Publishers Weekly