Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone, delivers a stylish first novel about a group of families in a fashionable Manhattan neighborhood wrestling with the dark realities of their lives.

A book reminiscent of Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Greenfeld’s Triburbia is a bold literary tour de force in which the author renders New York City’s vibrant and affluent Tribeca neighborhood as… (more)

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Interview of Karl Taro Greenfeld by Lara Touitou

Karl Taro Greenfeld is a journalist and author. Triburbia is his first novel, in which he depicts the Tribeca microcosm through portraits of various and colorful characters.

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There is no hero, not much suspense and little plot progression, but the stories are gripping because they are about people with fears and foibles like our own, even if we don’t live in a fashionable neighborhood.

"Triburbia" turns out to be less an urban version of Perrotta's "Little Children" than a savagely satirical, hipster take on "Our Town" or Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," telling the story of a neighborhood via a chorus of voices, in this case the Tribeca dads and those closely related to them.

Greenfeld has a gift for satire, but it’s balanced by a sense of sympathy for his faux bohemians, and by the self-­consciousness of most of his characters, who know that they’re types even as they insist on their individuality.

Book Details  

Publisher: Harper (July 31, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9780062132390

Page count: 272 pages

File size: 1 MB

Language: English

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