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Jonathan Dee (born May 19, 1962) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. His fifth novel, The Privileges, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Dee was born in New York City. He graduated from Yale University, where he studied fiction writing with John Hersey.

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Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other. With Adam’s rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful. But for the Moreys, their future of boundless privilege is not arriving fast enough. As Cynthia begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family’s happiness and to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility. The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other.

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I loved the writing. This book was fast-paced for me and very engaging. Some moments of brilliance. The plot was definitely intriguing and made me think. It was kind of like a little escape, into a fantasy world where I'm rich, and how would I see the world? So many things I never would have thought of. Some surprising turns of events in the book. Of course there were dark spots, but I wouldn't describe the book as dark overall. It's more poignant -leaves an impression. Particularly for the social-justice-conscious types.
I thought this novel astonishing, a graceful, incisive fiction of the rich both vividly observant and sharply allegorical, a Great Gatsby for the new Gilded Age of the pre-great recession age until it's last Chapter or two when it's style changes from the distanced objectivity of a Fitzgerald or O'Hara on a rich couple to an up close immersion in the consciousness of their son. A new surprising perspective emerges quite rich on meaning. (The son on the verge of a, repudiation of his heritage suddenly finds that he can no more break with his last than cease to be himself.) However, the stylistic shift is jarring, as if Fitzgerald as had left GATSBY unfinished and it had been completed by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Still, extraordinarily super class social realism with, for the most part, observation and style and allegory so sharp they ring satirical.
What are we to make of the Moreys? They are a "perfect" family on paper in some ways; loving, monogamous marriage; committed parents; tight little family circle. Generous with their wealth -- trying to do good in the world. Yet, they're also oblivious to everyone but themselves, often nasty, narcissistic, self-serving and arrogant. For me, this duality was iDee's genius in this very readable novel. In addition to being a really good writer -- with fresh turns of phrase and a penetrating eye for social detail -- he manages to construct what I think is a paean to modern greed and amorality, but within the confines of what otherwise feels like a conventional family story with characters you feel deeply ambivalent about. I found the story engrossing, not least because of his prose, but also frustrating. There are things to admire about these characters, as well as (many) things to dislike. Of course, that's true of most people, but it's exaggerated to a grand level here, perhaps because Adam and Cynthia won't settle for anything but a "big life." Is it possible to have a big life without obscene amounts of money? And does having that kind of money bring you a big life? These seem to be some of the questions Dee examines, without any kind of clear-cut denouement. Indeed, the "non-end" end shows us Jonas, certainly up to that point the most sympathetic character, planning to embed himself into the family money and life. What's the point of denial, after all.

At various points, I wondered if Dee were trying to find a doorway into the mind and motivation of a Bernie Madoff type individual -- a rationale for the risk-taking via Adam's need to "save" the woman he loves and who seems to be drifting away. Whether intended or not, it does provide interesting glimpses into another world, one both exciting and also quite sad. Read this as indictment of the .001% or a peek at their lives, but do read it.
Extremely beautiful and extremely rich. Living in a bubble that occasionally bumps into poverty, drugs, crime, abandonment and death. Money and good looks don't cure everything, but it sure as hell helps.

The story of this couple is the American dream. They are extravagantly successful. Three death and near death experiences are cushioned by the power of great wealth. I enjoyed the descriptions of how the very rich live in New York. I am reading here on my porch in East Tennessee, occasionally looking at the mountains, and I am quite happy to be here, with everything I need.
Dee is a fantastic novelist. Not only is his writing gorgeous, but he also writes about entertaining subjects. At the same time, his characters are complex and compelling.
I had such high hopes for this novel. The beginning was brilliant, and for a while the pace was good and the story unfolded well. Then the author ran out of ideas, I suppose, and everything went mushy. Such a waste of good writing. But, if you lose your center, all the talent in the world won't get you there. Suddenly, the Morey's lost their identity, and we had to slog through some pretty dull stuff about Art. It's a shame.
I like this author's voice, but I still feel disappointed in where he takes the story. I started out caring about the characters, but was really disinterested in them by the story's end. Being rich must be pretty boring according to this book. And the privileged kids were a messed-up cliche. I had hoped for more, which Dee could have but didn't deliver.
Not being from that class. It was interesting to see how that small percentage live their lives. Good story line! Characters were well thought out. I liked how he put gaps in there lives. Every six years or so. You could see the family members slowly change. Not always for the better either. I enjoyed reading this story very much! The end still has me thinking.
The Privileges: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Jonathan Dee
ISBN: 0812980794
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 5, 2010)
Pages: 288 pages