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Benjamin Markovits

Teoksen Imposture: A Novel tekijä

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About the Author

Benjamin Markovits was born in Palo Alto, California in 1973 and grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He studied literature at Yale University and Oxford University. He teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a writer. His works includes The Syme Papers, Fathers and näytä lisää Daughters, Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment, Playing Days, and Childish Loves. His recent novel, You Don't Have to Live Like This, won the 2016 James Tait Black Prizes for fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

Imposture: A Novel (2007) 140 kappaletta
A Quiet Adjustment: A Novel (2008) 77 kappaletta
Either Side of Winter (2005) 59 kappaletta
A Weekend in New York (2018) 44 kappaletta
Childish loves (2011) 34 kappaletta
The Syme Papers (2004) 30 kappaletta
Christmas in Austin (2019) 24 kappaletta
Fathers and Daughters: A Novel (2005) 16 kappaletta
Playing Days (2010) 15 kappaletta
Home Games (2020) 15 kappaletta
Manhattan Love Story: Roman (2009) 4 kappaletta
Il y a mieux à vivre (2016) 2 kappaletta
Un arrangement tranquille (2009) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Granta 146: The Politics of Feeling (2019) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta

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Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Granta's Best of Young British Novelists (2013)



Ben is a shy twelve-year-old boy whose whole world is turned upside down when his dad takes a job in London. To make matters worse, his parents decide to get a divorce and Ben goes to live with his mom in her home state of Texas. He does not know what to do being the new kid and his best friend is miles and miles away. Ben meets Mabley who becomes the bright spot in his day, but that is soon changed when his mom takes a job at his school and takes a romantic interest in one of the teachers. To make matters worse, he joins the basketball team, but Mabley’s best friend is the star and there is conflict and Ben must learn to come out of his shell and stand up for himself and what he believes. I would recommend this any collection for teens who are dealing with parents and separation and divorce and moving and being taking out of your comfort zone.… (lisätietoja)
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SWONclear | Dec 7, 2022 |
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This book disappointed me as I expected more of a story than an introspective about family dynamics. Much of this tale hinges on whether our hero, Paul, plays well in the U.S. Open. Family members from around the globe descend on New York to watch him play. Does he win? The book ends with him playing his first round, so the reader never finds out.

Each family member has his own story, each of which we learn in depth. This detail went too far for me – I enjoy tennis and anticipated more of a game centered tale than a family centered saga. But even their stories are incomplete and left this reader unsatisfied. The author uses the names of some real players to lend authenticity to the text, but it doesn’t work when you know that Paul is a fictitious character and never played any of them.

I cannot argue that this is a poorly written book, because it does the job of bringing this caring, but disjointed, family to life. But it is very slow moving and I could not make myself read very many pages at one sitting.

Thank you to the LibraryThing Early Reviewers for the complimentary copy I received in a giveaway. Any opinions expressed are my own.
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catchat | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 4, 2019 |
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A novel that focuses on character relationships over plot, A Weekend in New York is about the Essinger family as they come together in New York City for their youngest son/brother's tennis tournament. I enjoyed navigating the complex relationships throughout, and trying to better understand the characters and their motivations. The characters were realistic and complex to the point that the reader does not feel they can fully understand any of them by the end. Speaking of the end, the sudden ending left me dissatisfied. It resolved nothing and left me with a lot of questions about what was next for this family. With a more satisfying ending, I would have given it four stars, because I found it otherwise engaging and interesting.… (lisätietoja)
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ReadHanded | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 13, 2019 |
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A Weekend in New York by Benjamin Markovits

An upper middle class family gets together in NYC to support Paul who is competing in the USTA Open Tennis Championships. As he contemplates retiring from tennis as he nears the end of his competitive years, aged 33, married with a baby son , Paul and his wife interact with 3 generations of his family.

The Essingers are well educated and employed, consisting of 4 siblings, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The book is written in a breezy style, easy to read yet also revealing as it captures the rivalries and pecking orders of the family dynamics. Much of what is described and depicted ring true.

Both parents and siblings are drawn with a variety of self-doubts and neurotic characteristics; only the younger generation, 4 grandchildren appear untainted as they either ignore or critique the adults in this family.

An enjoyable read yet in the end of little substance. Reminds me of a TV series or light adult comedy of errors. I do commend Markovitz on his easy writing style and nailing the cultural and concrete landscape of the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
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berthirsch | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 4, 2019 |


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