Author(s): Sloane Crosley
"Glitters with wit and wisdom". (Guardian). "A thing of pure joy". (Stylist). "I couldn't put it down". (Grazia). Back in college, Victor loved Kezia, Kezia loved Nathaniel and Nathaniel loved himself. Now, ten years on and reunited at the wedding of a friend, it's as if nothing has changed. Almost. Victor has just been fired from a middling search engine, Kezia is second-in-command to an eccentric jewellery designer, and Nathaniel, former literary cool kid, is now one of LA's two million aspiring TV writers. As the champagne flows, Victor finds himself sharing a bizarre encounter with the mother of the groom that triggers an obsession over a legendary necklace. Could a trip to Paris in search of the missing piece of jewellery doom or save their friendship?
For fans of ONE DAY, THE MARRIAGE PLOT and THEN WE CAME TO THE END, a comedy of manners for the quarter-life crisis generation.
"[Crosley's] prose is the literary equivalent of a light-as-air souffle, made from recipes by Candace Bushnell and a young Donna Tartt...consistently witty...a real comic talent" Independent on Sunday "[Crosley's] prose is the literary equivalent of a light-as-air souffle, made from recipes by Candace Bushnell and a young Donna Tartt...consistently witty...a real comic talent" Independent on Sunday "Seriously impressive...as smart as it is funny" Glamour "An entertaining homage to Maupassant...There is barely a page of the novel that doesn't glitter with some nugget of wit or wisdom" Guardian "A shrewd exploration of the modern-day late-quarter-life crisis...her signature wit is sharp as ever here. [Crosley] is startlingly good at portraying comically awful characters who would seem cartoonish if they weren't also so recognizable...Crosley is an incisive observer of human nature in general and of a generation in particular - people circling the age of 30 who foster undue fondness for the retro culture of their youth...For all its humor, Crosley's prose is equally sharp in delineating her character's despair...in this highly comic, highly affecting novel" The New York Times "Crosley's debut novel showcases much of the same razor-sharp wit as her New York Times bestselling essay collections...she nails it" The Independent "A thing of pure joy...The Clasp is an absolute delight" Stylist "What results is a novel with more verve and imagination than much of the plot-light fare that typically gets the high-literary treatment, a story that shares at least some DNA with ambitious capers like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Crosley, who made her name as a high-profile book publicist, and then as an essayist, chronicling her humorous escapades in the city first for the Village Voice and then in two best-selling collections (2008's I Was Told There'd Be Cake and 2010's How Did You Get This Number), brings both sets of skills to bear on The Clasp. Fans of her essays will be pleased to find that she's just as funny and tenderly deprecating with her fictional characters as she is with herself" Vogue US "A smart, witty read with a lot of heart" Red "Brilliant writing and astutely drawn characters...I couldn't put it down" Grazia
Sloane is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has also written for the Guardian, Elle, GQ and the Wall Street Journal. Her essay collections, I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, were New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New York and THE CLASP is her first novel.