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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library CON (Text) 33500013284716 New Checked out 10/15/2020
Hawley Public Library CON (Text) 33500013284708 New Checked out 10/07/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781984880277
  • ISBN: 1984880276
  • Physical Description: 308 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2020.

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Ruby grew up the super's daughter in the basement of an Upper West Side co-op that gets more gentrified with each passing year. Her friendship with Caroline, the daughter of affluent tenants, and the neighborhood's location brought certain advantages. Ruby took out loans to attend a prestigious small liberal arts college but now is no closer to her dream job and is forced to move back in with her parents. Tonight Caroline is throwing a party in her father's glorious penthouse apartment, which Ruby anticipates and dreads in equal measure. After an argument with her father, the fa├žade that masks the building's power structure will have burned away.-- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    The upstairs/downstairs dichotomy gets a contemporary New York spin in Conell's witty, closely observed debut, as over one eventful day in March, life in an Upper West Side co-op apartment building is turned upside down. Ruby, 24 and floundering through a series of dead-end jobs after graduating from an expensive liberal-arts college, has moved back into her childhood home in the building's basement with her father, Martin, the building's superintendent, and her librarian mother, Debra. With Debra away at a conference, Ruby frets about an interview for her dream job at the Museum of Natural History and reluctantly prepares for a party held by her childhood friend Caroline, who lives in the building's penthouse. Martin, meditating to lower his blood pressure, deals with pigeons, drain problems, and the possible ghost of a beloved tenant. While Caroline and the other tenants, alternately cruel and clueless, sometimes border on caricature, the book transcends its limited setting to make broader points about class, and the alternating viewpoints of daughter and father add family dynamics to the mix. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lee Conell is the author of the story collection Subcortical, which was awarded The Story Prize's Spotlight Award. Her short fiction has received the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and appears in the Oxford American, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of creative writing fellowships from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Subject: Apartment houses > Fiction.
Dysfunctional families > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Social conflict > Fiction.
Janitors > Fiction.
Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
Apartment houses.
Social conflict.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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