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Set in NYC during the investment banking crisis of the Bernie Madoff years, the novel follows the lives of the wealthy & investigates how the unfolding crisis affects them. The story centers around one character, mysterious, glamorous Philippa Lye, wife of a scion of the banking community. This novel is full of acid humor as the author exposes the naked ambition & the ruthless pressure to conform to the elite's self imposed (somewhat arbitrarily) code of conduct, all of which Philippa Lye aloofly discards as the fallout from the banking scandal catches up with this insular community. Although some of the characters are despicable, I found I loved this story, as it is both darkly humorous & touchingly poignant. (Kim)

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Named to Buzzfeed's list of "5 Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018"

"Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies."--EW

"Macy skewers power parents in this entertaining, sharp-eyed portrayal of privilege and it's price" -People Magazine

In the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture.

Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women: Gwen Hogan, a childhood acquaintance who uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa's single days, and Minnie Curtis, a newcomer whose vast fortune and frank revelations about a penurious upbringing in Spanish Harlem put everyone on alert.

When Gwen's husband, a heavy-drinking, obsessive prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office, stumbles over the connection between Philippa's past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing at all costs, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive into the new millennium.

Macy has written a modern-day HOUSE OF MIRTH, not for the age of railroads and steel but of hedge funds and overnight fortunes, of scorched-earth successes and abiding moral failures. A brilliant portrait of love, betrayal, fate and chance, MRS marries razor-sharp social critique and page-turning propulsion into an unforgettable tapestry of the way we live in the 21st Century.

About the Author

Caitlin Macy is the author of The Fundamentals of Play and Spoiled. A graduate of Yale, she received her MFA from Columbia. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine and Slate, among other publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316434157
ISBN-10: 0316434159
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English