• Ceux d'ici

    Jonathan Dee

    Jonathan Dee, " l'un des meilleurs décrypteurs de l'Amérique contemporaine ", livre un roman magistral sur la middle class et ses désillusions. Captivant et terriblement actuel.
    Howland, petite ville du Massachusetts, attire de nombreux riches vacanciers venus de New York. Mark, lui, fait partie des locaux. Entrepreneur en bâtiment, il peine à joindre les deux bouts depuis un placement hasardeux. Lorsque Philip Hadi, un richissime gestionnaire de fonds d'investissement, s'installe dans la maison d'à côté, cela ne se fait pas sans heurt. Le quotidien de Mark et de sa famille se transforme lentement...
    Quand Hadi se lance en politique et devient maire de Howland, modelant par petites touches la ville à son image, le fossé se creuse encore un peu entre le New-Yorkais et les habitants de la petite ville.
    Réussissant à capter un moment d'histoire, Ceux d'ici met en lumière les défis auxquels sont confrontés les États-Unis aujourd'hui : les inégalités toujours plus fortes, la paupérisation des classes moyennes et la montée d'un nouvel autoritarisme. Surtout, c'est la fin du rêve américain que Jonathan Dee analyse et met en scène de main de maître. Un roman social non seulement brillant, mais aussi inquiétant de réalisme.
    " Jonathan Dee livre un roman social non seulement brillant, mais aussi inquiétant de réalisme. Un texte tellement actuel et pertinent qu'on en vient même à se demander comment Dee a pu l'écrire avant les dernières élections. "
    Booklist

    " Passionnant. Les personnages de la middle-class, tous à la poursuite du rêve américain, sont brillamment développés et leurs préoccupations sont terriblement actuelles. Dee mène l'intrigue d'une main de maître et fait monter la tension jusqu'à la parfaite note finale. "
    Publishers Weekly

    " Un nouveau roman magnifique... Dee s'est surpassé avec Ceux d'ici. Cet ouvrage examine la psyché américaine mise à mal entre les deux années charnières que sont 2001 et 2008. "
    Boston Globe

  • Jonathan Dee écrit pour leNew York Times Magazine, la revueHarper'set laParis Review. Il enseigne à l'université de Columbia.Les Privilègesest son quatrième roman, le premier publié en France.



    Richard Ford « Un délice à chaque page, une merveille de maîtrise, entre empathie et distance critique. » Jonathan Franzen « Les grands esprits littéraires s'attaquent rarement à des sujets comme l'argent et la classe, et c'est une des raisons pour lesquelles le roman de Jonathan Dee est si important et fascinant. C'est aussi une méditation émouvante sur la famille et l'amour absolu. À lui seul le tour de force du premier chapitre vaut le détour. » Jay McInerney

  • Molly Howe ne s´attache à personne. Elle traverse l´existence telle une ombre, fuyante et insaisissable, son propre pouvoir de fascination lui échappe. Trop à l´étroit dans un monde étriqué, elle s´enfuit à Berkeley où elle rencontre John Wheelwright, étudiant en histoire de l´art, prêt à tout pour elle. Jusqu´à ce qu´elle disparaisse.
    À dix années de là, New York. John est devenu un jeune homme brillant, sa carrière dans la publicité démarre en flèche, il vient d´être repéré par le gourou visionnaire Mal Osbourne et s´apprête à le suivre dans un défi exaltant et révolutionnaire : tuer la publicité et sauver la création. Absorbé tout entier par l´aventure, il a presque oublié cette béance dans son passé, jusqu´à ce que Molly rejaillisse de l´ombre.

    Chassé-croisé narratif de génie,La Fabrique des illusions entremêle les trajectoires de ses créatures et dresse le portrait d´une gigantesque machine à rêves : l´Amérique des années 1980-1990.



    Jonathan Dee écrit pour leNew York Times Magazine, la revueHarper´set laParis Review. Il enseigne à l´université de Columbia. Les Privilèges, son premier roman publié en France en 2011, a reçu le prix Fitzgerald. Il a également été désigné comme la découverte étrangère de l´année par le magazine Lireet l´un des vingt-cinq meilleurs livres de l´année par Le Point. AvecLa Fabrique des illusions, Jonathan Dee continue de dévoiler la palette de ses talents. À rebours de la vogue des romans d´anticipation, il revient sur les pas du monde d´images qui a accouché des désillusions d´aujourd´hui. Cette Amérique-là est la sienne, cette culture est son patrimoine, celle qui baigne toute une génération d´auteurs, de Jeffrey Eugenides à Don DeLillo et Richard Russo.



    « Un grand roman, très impressionnant. Jonathan Dee livre ici une chronique culturelle intense et foisonnante. » New York Times Book Review

  • Mille excuses

    Jonathan Dee

    Le nouveau roman de l'auteur des Privilèges, acclamé par la presse.

    Helen, Ben et Sara forment une famille. En apparence tout est parfait: maison proprette, mère attentive, épouse dévouée, pré-adolescente normalement dysfonctionnelle, mari associé dans un cabinet d'avocats. Plus pour longtemps.En une après-midi, Ben fait voler en éclats son couple et son foyer. Parachutée dans Manhattan, Helen, seule avec sa fille, doit regagner son indépendance. Par hasard elle se découvre alors un talent insoupçonné, et infiniment précieux dans un monde de communiquants: elle est capable de faire s'excuser même le plus arrogant des hommes de pouvoir. Grace à ce pouvoir, elle transforme les crises en secondes chances.Face aux scandales toujours plus sombres qu'on lui demande de résoudre, au naufrage de son mariage et à sa fille qui part lentement à la dérive, Helen éprouve ses forces, ses désirs et sa propre capacité à pardonner.

  • In her small upstate New York town, Molly Howe is admired for her beauty, poise, and character, until one day a secret is exposed and she is cruelly ostracized. She escapes to Berkeley, where she finds solace in a young art student named John Wheelwright. They embark on an intense, all-consuming affair, until the day Molly disappears -- again. A decade later, John is lured by the eccentric advertising visionary Mal Osbourne into a risky venture that threatens to eviscerate every concept, slogan, and gimmick exported by Madison Avenue. And much to John's amazement, one of the many swept into Osbourne's creative vortex is the woman who left him devastated so many years before.
    In a triumph of literary ingenuity, Jonathan Dee weaves together the stories of this unforgettable pair, raising haunting questions about the sources of art, the pain of lost love, and whether it pays to have a conscience in our cynical age.

  • BONUS: This edition contains a The Privileges discussion guide.
    Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other.
    With Adams rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful. But for the Moreys, their future of boundless privilege is not arriving fast enough. As Cynthia begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his familys happiness and to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.
    The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other.

  • Ben and Helen Armstead have reached breaking point and it takes one afternoon - and a single act of recklessness - for Ben to deal the final blow to their marriage, spectacularly demolishing everything they built together. Helen and her teenage daughter Sara leave for Manhattan where Helen takes a job in PR.

  • Will luck be a lady tonight? Or must we play the hand we're dealt? There is no need to use tarot cards to learn what the future holds: a regular deck of playing cards will do the trick - as long as you know how to read them. Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards teaches readers how to translate the four suits of the tarot into the more familiar hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs found in the common playing card deck. Readers will learn the meaning of the cards, their individual symbolism, keywords, astrological associations, and the significance of their numbers. There are even suggestions on how to do a quick reading when you're short on time - so you will always know what's in the cards.

  • “Summons up a small American town at precisely the right moment in our history . . . a bold, vital, and view-expanding novel.”--George Saunders
    A rural working-class New England town elects as its mayor a New York hedge fund millionaire in this inspired novel for our times--fiction in the tradition of Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Egan.
    A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK
    Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland, Massachusetts, who feels opportunity passing his family by. After being swindled by a financial advisor, what future can Mark promise his wife, Karen, and their young daughter, Haley? He finds himself envying the wealthy weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter.
    Philip Hadi used to be one of these people. But in the nervous days after 9/11 he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home into a year-round “secure location” from which he can manage billions of dollars of other people’s money. The collision of these two men’s very different worlds--rural vs. urban, middle class vs. wealthy--is the engine of Jonathan Dee’s powerful new novel.
    Inspired by Hadi, Mark looks around for a surefire investment: the mid-decade housing boom. Over Karen’s objections, and teaming up with his troubled brother, Gerry, Mark starts buying up local property with cheap debt. Then the town’s first selectman dies suddenly, and Hadi volunteers for office. He soon begins subtly transforming Howland in his image--with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family.
    Here are the dramas of twenty-first-century America--rising inequality, working class decline, a new authoritarianism--played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels: the small town. The Locals is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time.
    Praise for The Locals
    “After 9/11, New York hedge fund billionaire Philip Hadi retreats to his summer home in the Berkshires. In thrall to his new town, he runs for office to keep it sleepy, sweet and free from tax hikes. Is he benevolent, arrogant or both? No one gets off the moral hook in this propulsive, brilliantly observed study.”--People (Book of the Week)
    “Thoughtful . . . [Jonathan Dee’s] prescient sensitivity has never been more unnerving. . . . Amid the heat of today’s vicious political climate, The Locals is a smoke alarm. Listen up.”--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

  • A rural, working class New England town elects as its mayor a New York hedge fund millionaire in this urgent and inspired novel for our times. Mark Firth is a home builder in Howland, Massachusetts who, after being swindled by a financial advisor, feels opportunity passing him and his family by. What future can he promise to his wife Karen and their young daughter Haley? When a wealthy money manager, Philip Hadi, moves to Howland to escape post-9/11 New York, he hires Mark to turn his his house into a secure location. The collision of these two men's very different worlds -- rural vs urban, middle class vs rich -- propels Jonathan Dee's powerful new novel. After the town's first selectman passes away suddenly, Hadi runs for office and begins subtly transforming the town in his image with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family. THE LOCALS is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time. It is also a novel that is timeless in its depiction of American small town life.

  • Ben and Helen Armstead have reached breaking point and it takes one afternoon - and a single act of recklessness - for Ben to deal the final blow to their marriage, spectacularly demolishing everything they built together. Helen and her teenage daughter Sara leave for Manhattan where Helen takes a job in PR.

  • Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have two children before Cynthia reaches the age of twenty-five. Adam is a rising star in the world of private equity and becomes his boss's protege. With a beautiful home in the upper-class precincts of Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful.But the Moreys' standard is not the same as other people's. The future in which they have always believed for themselves and their children - a life of almost boundless privilege, in which any desire can be acted upon and any ambition made real - is still out there, but it is not arriving fast enough to suit them. As Cynthia, at home with the kids day after identical day, begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a decision that tests how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family's happiness and to recapture the sense that, for him and his wife, the only acceptable life is oneof infinite possibility.The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other. Lyrical, provocative, and brilliantly imagined, it is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it.

  • Gene Trowbridge, a successful advertising executive, fills the days before his retirement assessing his past and contemplating the future, increasingly aware of his own irrelevance in a field dominated by the very young. But a chance meeting with Albert Ferdinand, a reclusive neighbour who wins his regard and friendship, upsets the tenuous balance of Gene's cosseted world. Spurred on by a persistent journalist and overwhelmed by his instinctive liking and acceptance of a man apparently capable of indescribable evil, Gene is drawn into a suspenseful search for the truth about Ferdinand's past.The Liberty Campaign is a riveting, multilayered portrait of an ordinary man whose moral universe is tested by a situation that defies the parameters of his decidedly American upbringing and sensibility.

  • In her small upstate New York town, Molly Howe is admired for her beauty, poise, and character, until one day a secret is exposed and she is cruelly ostracized. She escapes to Berkeley, where she finds solace in a young art student named John Wheelwright. They embark on an intense, all-consuming affair, until the day Molly disappears -- again. A decade later, John is lured by the eccentric advertising visionary Mal Osbourne into a risky venture that threatens to eviscerate every concept, slogan, and gimmick exported by Madison Avenue. And much to John's amazement, one of the many swept into Osbourne's creative vortex is the woman who left him devastated so many years before.
    In a triumph of literary ingenuity, Jonathan Dee weaves together the stories of this unforgettable pair, raising haunting questions about the sources of art, the pain of lost love, and whether it pays to have a conscience in our cynical age.

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