The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

Karen Dukess

The Last Book Party

This cover shows a book begging to be read. Cat nip for book people.

When I saw this book was about book publishing in the 1980’s, Cape Cod, and New York City, well, my heart began doing somersaults. That’s how excited I was. And rightly so.

Eve Rosen is 25-years-old and working  in a lowly, poorly paid position in  publishing  in New York City. She half-heartedly aspires to be an author, herself. But that’s the hitch, she isn’t putting her whole self behind her work. So, when a new person is hired to take over the job she should have been first in line to get, she quits!

Cape Cod is calling. It’s summertime. And there’s a research assistant position with Eve’s name written all over it.  Henry Grey, a very well known writer for the New Yorker,  is working on his memoir and needs a fresh perspective and a lot of help. His poetess wife Tillie is busy with her own work and happy to pawn him off on someone else. So Eve is happy to step in for the summer.

Cape Cod in the summer is another world. All the beautiful artists and writers re and publishing people hang out and play and stay well into September. The dunes come alive and the water beckons. Love is in the air. And so is infidelity and something else…

Eve finds more than she bargains for on the Cape this summer. I would not call this a coming of age novel. But there is definitely some of that here. Young and middle aged people are dealing with disparity and angst that will be life-changing, to say the least.

This was the time of real honest-to-God typewriters, snail mail, old fashion land line phones, and manuscripts sent to publishing houses in large cardboard boxes. Oh yea, it was really like that.

I loved all the book talk.  The story is surrounded by books.   You will be happily up to your last hair in books. Good books. Smelling books, reading books, talking books. Book cat nip.

Okay, so this story is about books. I loved it. It’s the perfect summer read for those of you who love to read and enjoy the beach. And, want to know more about the lure of yesterday’s publishing world. Kirkus says ,” It’s a bibliophile’s delight.”  

It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It’s got the depth and wit of a much more accomplished author.  THE LAST BOOK PARTY comes in at a mere 256 pages. It can easily be read in one sitting, but don’t let the smallness fool you.  THE LAST BOOK PARTY is a true summer force.

Karen Dukess

Karen Dukess is an author to watch, and I can not wait for her next novel.

My review copy came from Henry Holt Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I loved it.  THE LAST BOOK PARTY by Karen Dukess will be available for purchase on Tuesday, July 9th. We will have copies of this novel at Copperfish Books

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

in Punta Gorda, Florida. They will be discounted 20%. Come on up and see us. We LOVE talking about books!


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