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The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen

The Last Cruise

The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen
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Jul 10, 2018 | 304 Pages
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“A smart, fast-paced adventure story, two poignant love stories, and a shrewd and chilling warning to us all. What is not to love about The Last Cruise?”
—Lily King, author of Euphoria

“This sly novel from Christensen (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for The Great Man) begins as a casual romp and then heads inexorably into darker territory.  The book steadily gains power as the boat loses its, and the portrayal of a small society on the edge of chaos is haunting. Christensen has crafted a Ship of Fools for an era of environmental concerns and social unrest.”
Publishers Weekly

“In The Last Cruise Kate Christensen has given us a smart literary thriller whose ambitions extend well beyond its genre. It’s terrifying in ways you don’t expect.” 
—Richard Russo, author of Nobody’s Fool and Empire Falls

“[A] wry and ebullient, gradually catastrophic ship-of-fools-tail… Christensen’s gripping and insightful novel dramatizes with stealth and daring the dangerous contrariness of human nature.” 
—Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)  

“Kate Christensen has written a tale that is not just a gleefully nightmarish cruise, but a keenly observed microcosm of our disintegrating society and planet. You the reader are SO glad not to be on the Queen Isabella, but you find yourself there – and you hang on with grim delight. Wincingly real and blackly funny all at once.”
—Peter Nichols, author of The Rocks and A Voyage for Madmen

“In her tale of a harrowing voyage at sea, [Kate Christensen] weaves together a perfect microcosm of the world today — overwhelming greed paired with selflessness and community; tribalism at its worst, and humanity at its best. At times hysterical, at times heartbreaking… This is a book that lingers with long after you’ve finished reading.” 
Portland Press Herald 
 
“From the first page of The Last Cruise, it’s clear that you’re in the hands of a masterful storyteller. With wit and precision, Kate Christensen wrangles a large cast of characters on a cruise in Hawaii that undergoes a disastrous series of calamites, deftly turning what appears to be a comedy of manners into an intimate and moving story about how human beings relate to each other in times of stress and upheaval – with plenty of sensuous details about food, sex, and drink along the way. This novel is a delight.”
—#1 NYT-bestselling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

“Stunning… Christensen delivers another engrossing tale rich in character and social mores that reveals the fragile veneer of civilization.”
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“Christensen weaves a diverse cast of characters, each from a detailed and highly sensual world, into a grip-your-seat plot in this important, enlightening, utterly contemporary book about a world that hangs on the edge of something bigger than all of us. A must-read for our times.
—Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and The Bitch is Back

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