Acclaimed novelist Ed Tarkington will join Gramercy Book Club participants after the discussion of his latest novel, The Fortunate Ones, an engrossing story of class, love, and loyalty. Esteemed Editor Emeritus of The Kenyon Review David Lynn will moderate the group discussion and interview Tarkington, whose writing has been compared to a young Pat Conroy.
Registration for this LIVE! book club discussion is on Eventbrite, where you will receive login information and full instructions. A general admission ticket to access the event is $5. A ticket that includes a copy of The Fortunate Ones (availabler any time after its January 5th publication date) waives the fee and is $29. Please note that registration closes at 5 pm on the day of the program.
Kenyon Review is Gramercy's Community Partner for this book club discussion and interview.
When Charlie Boykin was young, he’d thought his life with his single mother was really just fine. But when his mother’s connections get Charlie into boarding school and give them access to the upper echelons of Nashville society, Charlie falls under the spell of all that a life among the wealthy can mean. Increasingly attached to another boy, Arch Creigh, Charlie learns how morality has little to do with life in Belle Meade. On into college and after, Charlie aids Arch in his pursuit of a Senate seat, only to be pulled into a growing web of deceit. The novel examines the questions: Why do the poor love the rich? Why do we envy and worship a class of people that so often exhibits the worst excesses and the lowest morals?
Says Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin: “Ed Tarkington’s wonderful second novel, The Fortunate Ones, feels like a fresh and remarkably sure-footed take on The Great Gatsby, examining the complex costs of attempting to transcend or exchange your given class for a more gilded one. Tarkington’s understanding of the human heart and mind is deep, wise and uncommonly empathetic. As a novelist, he is the real deal. I can’t wait to see this story reach a wide audience, and to see what he does next.”
Ed Tarkington’s debut novel Only Love Can Break Your Heart was an ABA Indies Introduce selection, an Indie Next pick, a Book of the Month Club Main Selection, and a Southern Independent Booksellers Association bestseller. A regular contributor to Chapter16.org, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in a variety of publications including the Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News-Sentinel, and Lit Hub. Tarkington lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
David Lynn is the author of three story collections, The Children of God, Year of Fire, and Fortune Telling. He is also the author of the novel, Wrestling with Gabriel, and the critical study, The Hero’s Tale: Narrators in the Early Modern Novel. His stories and essays have appeared in magazines and journals in the U.S., the U.K., India, and Australia. He is the Editor Emeritus of The Kenyon Review, an international journal of literature, culture and the arts, having served in that capacity from 1994 to 2020. Lynn is a Professor of English at Kenyon College.