In this new weekly series, we’ll excerpt a memorable passage from a book we’re currently reading.

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
January 2010 from Random House

Dee’s fifth novel follows Cynthia and Adam Morey—in love, ambitious and impatient—as they climb to the top of New York’s social stratosphere.


She looked at him as if he were a little mad, but then she caught something exciting in his eyes and threw up her hands and said, “Why not?” That was it: everything was open to them. What was life’s object if not that?

What are you reading today?

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