The Clasp

The Clasp

Book - 2015 | First edition
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Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives. In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom's bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she's never even told her son.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION CRO
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780374124410


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Dec 19, 2017

Should be R rated for use/overuse of "F" word, bodily functions on display here too. (No grappling with deeper issues of life that is.) When characters use "F" word as much as they do here, assume author is angry, though what is she angry about? Failed "relationships" most likely. What do females in this book use for birth control or are they all...?
Did not finish - no interest or liking for the characters either so why waste your time?

Nov 01, 2016

to suggest that the characters were "friends" is completely misleading... people that shared history is the closest I can come to describe it... I didn't understand a lot of the popular culture references and it was more glib than funny... I read the first 1/2 closely and skimmed the final 1/2... nothing was interesting enough to even really read it... wouldn't recommend it...

Sep 28, 2016

I enjoyed every page of this book. Amusing and insightful. I see a little of myself in Victor, and in Kezia, and in Nathaniel. This made me want to put on my great-grandmother's jewelry and think about what's real. I loved the history and literature woven into the story and how at time unlikable yet still relate-able the main characters were.

Jul 31, 2016

I enjoyed Sloane (Like the Ferris Bueller character!) Crosley's debut collection of essays, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake." She has a distinctive voice: sardonic, sharp, a little bitter. One of the best essays was about attending a wedding and it's a wedding that kickstarts the action of her first novel, "The Clasp." A group of friends reconnect at a fancy wedding, there's a stolen necklace, and antics ensue. It's loosely inspired by Guy de Maupassant's classic story "The Necklace" and much of the novel takes place in Paris. It starts strong and funny, but then falls apart, as Crosley throws in too much. I imagine we'll see a film of this sometime soon.

Dec 04, 2015

Still not sure how I finished this one but I did keep reading and enjoyed the last third. Was it worth spending time with these infuriating characters to get there? Unsure! Some scenes sparkled, some are a bit boring (college flashbacks) - many had an 'ick' factor. What kept me going were the laughs, an actual plot, & the stinging travelogue of France, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.


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