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Who Is Rich?

Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam
Jul 04, 2017 | 336 Pages
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Who Is Rich? is a gem within the canon of infidelity literature. . . . Fischer . . . is a wonderful narrator, lacerating and gentle. . . . Comic, wondrous, and sad.”The New Yorker

“Matthew Klam’s superb debut novel, Who Is Rich?, is all about the anxious networking, conversational one-upmanship and drunken hook-ups that constitute those exclusive summer events known as ‘arts conferences.’ . . .  Like all great humorists, Klam is a sharp observer and he skewers his targets here with specificity and brio. Who Is Rich? is also cynically smart about the class politics crackling in the air at these kinds of gatherings: namely the smooth generosity of the uber-rich arts patrons colliding with the financial desperation of so many of the indentured ‘talent’ who perform and teach.”—Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

“In 2000, Matthew Klam was the literary equivalent of Rookie of the Year, publishing Sam the Cat, a collection of stories that prompted The New Yorker to call him one of the top twenty writers under forty. Now, finally, we have the novel Klam’s fans hoped he had in him. . . . It’s both bleak and joyous, creeping between the isolation of a f***less marriage and the elusive thrill of the affair.”Men’s Journal
Who Is Rich? is funny, maddening and, despite the well-worn subject matter, defiantly original. . . . It’s an experience akin to listening to a semi-charming casual acquaintance reveal way too much information about his relationship woes—it’s horrifying, but you find yourself unable to turn away. It’s a challenging novel, but Klam’s prose is so clean, so self-assured, that it feels a little like a miracle. . . . Maybe it’s a love story; maybe it’s just a lust story, but either way, it’s a fine accomplishment. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait another seventeen years for the return of this singularly gifted writer.”The New York Times

An irresistible comic novel that pumps blood back into the anemic tales of middle-aged white guys. Klam may be working in a well-established tradition, but he’s sexier than Richard Russo and more fun than John Updike. . . . For all its wise gender comedy, Who Is Rich? is also a brilliant rumination on the trap of cannibalizing one’s life for art.”The Washington Post

Who Is Rich? is one of those novels with the rare power to mesmerize. It’s a dazzling meditation . . . told by an adulterous middle-aged schlub, full of sound and fury, and signifying, well, pretty much everything. . . . Klam has brought to life an indelible character, a man painfully alive on the page, cowardly in actions but utterly fearless in confronting hard truths we spend most of our lives evading”The Boston Globe

“This portrait of midlife crisis is almost scarily astute, and Rich’s angsty fling with equally unhappy (but rich) Amy is a hot, hilarious mess.”People

“Rich is a hard man to like, but he makes you laugh.”—NPR

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