The Last Book Party

The Last Book Party

A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party"— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.

Title:The Last Book Party
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250225474
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    The Last Book Party Reviews

  • marilyn

    This was a very light and easy read for me and so nice to enjoy a book like this between so many thrillers and heavy dramas. Twenty five year old Eve Rosen wants to be a writer but lacks confidence, i...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    As I was reading this book I continually had the feeling that “I’ve read this before, heard this before”. I think this would be a good beach read but there is nothing really fresh or new here. I...

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    Absolutely mesmerizing and engaging. I loved every page of this novel.This book made me yearn for a place I've never been to, and a time in the publishing industry I did not live (I was alive at the t...

  • Larry H

    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars."But how could you live and have no story to tell?"This quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky is the epigraph to Karen Dukess' terrific debut novel, The Last Book Party , and it co...

  • Book of Secrets

    3.5 Stars → Loved that this novel was about books, writing, and publishing, set in the late 1980s. During a summer on Cape Cod, 25-year old Eve Rosen takes a job as research assistant to New Yorker ...

  • Jamie Brenner

    As a serious book lover with endless nostalgia for the 1980s, I completely lost myself in this beautiful book. It's a joy!...

  • Michelle

    3 stars to this great summer read!The Last Book Party is the perfect summer read. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet there is enough substance to keep the pages turning. It's characterized as ...

  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)

    4.5, rounding up. The Last Book Party is a charming coming of age story that feels both timeless and nostalgic.“Everyone seemed so confident. It was like they were preparing to become the ‘voices ...

  • DeAnn

    4 summer reading starsFor me, this was a perfect summer read, a refreshing break from thrillers and historical fiction. Much is set on Cape Cod, a favorite summer location for me and the author does a...

  • Judy

    The Last Book Party is a fun, light read which I totally enjoyed and would recommend for a beach read. Eve is working as an assistant in a publishing house and has dreams of becoming a writer, but she...