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Can you recommend a good holiday read, set in New York/ USA

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whataboutbob Wed 18-Jul-18 14:43:34

Looking for something enjoyable and reasonably light for summer hols, so probably not Faulkner. Last year I read a novel by Emma Straub I think it was called modern lovers and that hit the right note. I’d also consider Lionel Shriver, haven’t read the Mandibles yet.
There are also some books written by Russian Jewish emigres to New York I was meaning to read, but can’t find authors’ names. Thanks for any help!

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CraftyGin Wed 18-Jul-18 14:57:55

New York by Edward Rutherfurd.

Dottierichardson Wed 18-Jul-18 15:52:13

Article about Russian-Jewish American lit may help

Sonotkylie Wed 18-Jul-18 16:50:51

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, but probably cheating as historical setting. Excellent book though.
Breakfast at Tiffanys?
Claire Massud - Emperor's Children or The Woman Upstairs.
I'm sure there is something else I have read recently but I can't think right now.
USA - Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere. Loved it. Easy but with ideas!

gussiefox Wed 18-Jul-18 16:55:50

CraftyGin has beaten me to it. Edward Rutherfurd is excellent.

MargotMoon Wed 18-Jul-18 17:16:21

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt?

P3onyPenny Wed 18-Jul-18 17:52:51

The Woman in the Window

whataboutbob Wed 18-Jul-18 17:55:27

Wow thanks for these brilliant suggestions everyone. The Tablet article is virtually a book in itself Dottie, it is actually just what I was looking for. Will also check out Edward Rutherford. Thanks for all the sugg3stions sonotkylie.
Haven’t read any Donna Tartt but my best friend rates her so maybe it’s about time I checked one of her books out.

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mrsfee Wed 18-Jul-18 18:00:03

What about Douglas Kennedy? Most (all?) of his books are set in the US. Haven't read one in years but they have survived all bookshelf culls to remain for day...

Magmatic80 Wed 18-Jul-18 18:00:22

Just reading Wodehouse ‘Piccadilly Jim’ after loving ‘The Adventures of Sally’. Absolutely loving the language 😊

Cowardlycustard2 Wed 18-Jul-18 18:00:33

The Goldfinch is set in New York, it’s one of my all time favourite books. It’s a bit of a slow burner you have to get past the events at the start but once you do it’s brilliant

P3onyPenny Wed 18-Jul-18 18:03:07

I wouldn't call The Goldfinch light. You either love it or hate it. I hated it,it went on for evvvvvver.

Maine,Seating Arrangements both set in New England. Little Fires Everywhere good.

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P3onyPenny Wed 18-Jul-18 18:06:24

A big chunk of The Goldfinch is set in Las Vegas where very little happens.

whataboutbob Wed 18-Jul-18 18:09:33

I always suspected Donna Tartt was literary marmite!

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whataboutbob Wed 18-Jul-18 18:10:12

Have been reading reviews of A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman. I’m going to order it.

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Dottierichardson Wed 18-Jul-18 19:49:03

If you like the Fishman you might also like Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project and Teju Cole's Open City both of which I thought were excellent and Cole is particularly good on New York.

Yika Wed 18-Jul-18 19:53:36

Let the great world spin by colum McCann. Set in New York City 1974, main thread is the twin towers tightrope stunt by Philippe Petit. Very striking book.

Yika Wed 18-Jul-18 19:55:26

An obvious one - the Great Gatsby

Yika Wed 18-Jul-18 20:02:33

Just thought of an absolutely lovely book - a memoir of a childhood in New York - Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham. Sad but then uplifting.

WrongKindOfFace Wed 18-Jul-18 20:02:35

I enjoyed The Unfortunates and The Future Homemakers of America, both by Laurie Graham. Not 100% us though.

concretesieve Wed 18-Jul-18 20:27:28

Oh - yy to Sleeping Arrangements. Helene Hanff was a New Yorker by adoption, of course. She wrote two light memoirs about New York - Underfoot in Show Business and Apple of My Eye.

villamariavintrapp Wed 18-Jul-18 21:27:52

Elizabeth Street.

lots33 Wed 18-Jul-18 21:30:49

Agree re Douglas Kennedy especially The Pursuit of Happiness

cheeseoverchocolate Wed 18-Jul-18 21:37:55

Anything by Paul Auster?

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