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Triburbia (edition 2012)

by Karl Taro Greenfeld

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Title:Triburbia
Authors:Karl Taro Greenfeld
Info:Harper (2012), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:novels, fiction

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Triburbia: A Novel by Karl Taro Greenfeld

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I really wanted to like this more. After all, it's about contemporary downtown Manhattan... real estate porn. But the novel was more like interconnected short stories, and sometimes it wasn't clear who was who. Some characters were struggling, some raking it in, some committed to family, others not, good kids, mean kids, lots of casual drug use. Not awful, but it didn't grab me. ( )
  ennie | Apr 14, 2014 |
In Triburiba, step into the lives of the people of Tribeca. Their children go to the same school; the parents find a group with one another; and their lives are intertwined. Who are the characters? What are their connections and/or interconnections? Stop in and visit with the people of Tribeca. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
In Triburiba, step into the lives of the people of Tribeca. Their children go to the same school; the parents find a group with one another; and their lives are intertwined. Who are the characters? What are their connections and/or interconnections? Stop in and visit with the people of Tribeca. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Maybe you have to love New York to love this book. I do and I did. Linked stories organized by street address, because Real Estate Is Life in Tribeca. Although the stories focus on the dads, the women and daughters are actually the more interesting characters even though they are seen through the male filters. I think it's like John Updike for moderns, and the moderns are much more shallow and obsessed with status. I think it might even be a roman a clef as some of the stories seem like familiar ones, unless it's just that any reader of the New Yorker and the Sunday New York Times Style and Business sections are all used to the tales of the rise and decline of the almost 1% since the financial crash. Makes for an engrossing read, well written and lean. ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 7, 2013 |
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That's me, lurking behind the elementary school wrought-iron fence, standing with my hands in the pockets of my peacoat.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062132393, Hardcover)

Thrown together by circumstance, a group of fathers—a sound engineer, a sculptor, a film producer, a chef, a memoirist, a gangster—meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to their exclusive school.

The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters strewn around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the narcissistic chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being. Over the course of a single school year, we are privy to their secrets, passions, and hopes, and learn of their dreams deferred as they confront harsh realities about ambition, wealth, and sex. And we meet their wives and children, who together with these men are discovering the hard truths and welcome surprises that accompany family, marriage, and real estate at midlife.

Fascinatingly layered and multidimensional, these linked stories, arranged like puzzle pieces, create a powerful portrait of unlikely friends and their neighborhood in transition. Striking chords that range from haunting and heartbreaking to darkly funny and deeply poignant, Triburbia marks the start of a brilliant literary career.

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Triburbia draws the lives of Tribeca's various residents, uncovering the deep betrayals they've committed against themselves and each other. Thrown together by circumstance, a group of fathers meet each morning at a local coffee shop after walking their children to their exclusive school. Over the course of a single year, we learn about their dreams deferred, their secrets and mishaps, their passions and hopes, as they confront terrible truths about ambition, wealth, and sex.… (more)

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