Bold, brave and darkly funny, Triburbia explores the experience of fatherhood in the modern world.
Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of five previous books, including the much-acclaimed memoir Boy Alone, about his autistic brother. Greenfeld's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, American Short Fiction, The PEN/O Henry Prize Stories, The Missouri Review, One Story, Commentary, The Southern Review, and The Sun. A veteran editor and writer for The Nation, TIME, and Sports Illustrated, Karl has also been a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Playboy, Men's Journal, The Washington Post, Outside, Wired, Details, and Salon. Born in Kobe, Japan, Karl has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Tribeca.
Centered upon the intersecting lives of a handful of TriBeCa residents, Greenfield's novel charts the struggles, failures, and successes of a sound engineer, a gangster, a chef, a sculptor, a film producer, and a memoirist. With each chapter told from the perspective of one of the primary characters, this audio edition features a different narrator for each point of view. Although the cast hands in effective and consistent performances that ably capture the characters, listeners will, at times-particularly during transitions between longer chapters-find themselves confused about which character is saying what. Additionally confusing are sections of dialogue-as each narrator must also voice the book's other primary characters. Still, listeners willing to stick it out will find this a compelling tale of life in New York City. A Harper hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Greenfeld has written some notable nonfiction... but this is his
first novel. You wouldn't know he was debutant... Triburbia
is a satire with a pulse... the writing creates a powerful
undertow. At first glance, the lives of these boho-riche characters
appear as enviable as their apartments. After Greenfeld has entered
their pockets, souls and bedrooms, you envy them nothing. * Sunday
The lives of a group of upper-middle-class New Yorkers... are deftly captured in Karl Taro Greenfeld's first novel... [a] perceptive and lively portrait of contemporary American life * Observer *
The excellent Triburbia brings to mind such modern masters as Cheever, Updike, and Salter, but Greenfeld delivers his own take on American life. This is fiction of the first rank - intense, suspenseful, and relevant in the most urgent way. -- Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Greenfeld reveals his characters' humanity with sly humor and an unerring eye. * People Magazine *
Greenfeld taps into something universal with Triburbia... [he] brings a reporter's curiosity and an artist's empathy to his crackling, observant first novel. * Entertainment Weekly *
Karl Taro Greenfeld has matched Updike and Jay McInerney -- Patrick Neale * Booksellers' Choice *