Welcome to a new series on Chatterbox New York, in which I review and recommend a book each month! Obviously I am not super into the series name right now, but after pondering for almost two weeks (I am not kidding) this is all I can come up with. The pondering will continue for a better and more exciting name, but if you have ANY ideas please let me know!
I work in the publishing industry so I spend a lot of time reading. Last year I read fifty books that were not work related. I am not saying this to brag. I am just saying this to explain that I do a lot of reading. Books are something that I truly enjoy and I usually don't have anyone to talk with about what I've been reading aside from my friends at work or my parents. Therefore, each month I will start talking to you all about what I am currently reading and loving.
The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
Last week my cousin and I went to Sloane Crosley's reading at Madewell on Fifth Avenue. I'd heard about Sloane because she went to my college and also used to work at my current imprint. Such a small world! She was fantastic - so personable and funny - and I was so happy to get my book signed. The Clasp centers around three college friends, Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel, who have been living distant lives since graduation and are reunited for a weekend at an extravagant wedding in Miami. Victor, the most insular, melodramatic of the three, embarrassingly falls asleep on the bed of the groom's mother. When he wakes up the groom's mother tells him the story of "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. She shows him her secret jewelry safe and says that she is missing the exact necklace from the story. Victor becomes obsessed with finding the missing necklace, and all three friends end up on a whirlwind trip to France. Interwoven through this plotline, readers are exposed to the tensions between the three friends as Victor and Kezia balance life in New York City and Nate tries to make it in LA.
I loved The Clasp because Sloane is such a fabulous writer. This was a novel that I didn't want to leave, and although Victor, Kezia, and Nate had distinct voices and desires I felt like I could connect with each on a certain level. I've been reading a lot of books that take place in New York City lately, and I loved Sloane's descriptions of city life and the struggles of being out of college and trying to find your way. I'm not quite as old as the characters in The Clasp, but I could relate to Kezia's inner turmoil of where her life was going and who she was surrounding herself with. I hadn't heard the story of "The Necklace" before and it fascinated me. As a lover of historical fiction, this part of the novel drew me in in a way that I didn't expect and it's clear that Sloane did a ton of research for her writing. Some of the book was laugh out loud funny, and others were depressing and made me want to cry, but hey, that's what makes a compelling book! It's more than a novel about a necklace - it's a novel about friendship, growing up, reality, and self confidence. If you're looking for a novel that takes you on a journey, I can't recommend this enough.
The Clasp by Sloane Crosley; Farrar, Straus, Giroux