Mrs.: A Novel (Hardcover)
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)— From Staff Picks
"Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies."--EW
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.
Recommend This Week by the NYTBR
"The boldest thing about 'Mrs'-as with Big Little Lies is that it focuses on
the depths of women's experiences as wives and mothers. Their clashes with one
another are entertaining, sure, but they're a diversion from the more important
conflict with their husbands and with male power."—New York Times Book Review
"Macy skewers power parents in this entertaining, sharp-eyed portrayal
of privilege and it's price"—People
"Inside a seductive microuniverse, the super competitive lives of three
very different women intersect at the exclusive preschool their children
attend. When one woman's husband, a U.S. attorney, launches an investigation
into the financial dealings of another's, shocking secrets threaten to disrupt
their lives in this smart skewering of
high society."—Marie Claire
"A fresh take on the society novel."—Publisher's Weekly
"Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies."
"Brilliant. I was dazzled by her ability to see into the very hearts of her characters; I absolutely loved it."—Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life and A God in Ruins
"Deeply moving, hugely entertaining, utterly brilliant. As an observer of human behavior Macy rivals Tom Wolfe and Edward St. Aubyn. Mrs. is a major novel, and Macy is an essential American voice."
—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
"I love novels that are both rousing and intelligent, and Mrs. was just that--a riveting, complex, and potent story of money, friendships, and family. Macy masters New York's Upper East Side because she goes beyond the vanities and delves into its layers, its distinct voices and characters. She puts you in the territory of the well-heeled and shows their heart and soul."
—Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants
"Wise and cryptic...Intriguing...(Smart, apt and slightly unexpected)...Sharply insightful."—Janet Maslin, New York Times