The Privileges

The Privileges

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have two children before Cynthia reaches the age of twenty-five. Adam is a rising star in the world of private equity and becomes his boss's protégé. With a beautiful home in the upper-class precincts of Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful.

But the Moreys' standards are not the same as other people's. The future in which they have always believed for themselves and their children--a life of almost boundless privilege, in which any desire can be acted upon and any ambition made real--is still out there, but it is not arriving fast enough to suit them. As Cynthia, at home with the kids day after identical day, 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. Lyrical, provocative, and brilliantly imagined, this is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400068678
1400068673
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 25 cm.

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TracyGuza
Jul 05, 2014

The ending was abrupt. I kept expecting bad things to happen to the attractive, rich family, but they just kept getting richer and more attractive. All in all, a good read, although without the contrast in a book like The Unusuals.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This is another book about a hedge fund manager. It is about the family of very, very rich Americans, but they are such disgusting people, why try to "humanize" them?

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BookBear780
Feb 02, 2011

I was really disappointed with this book. I'm not quite sure where the author was trying to take this story, but, the ending was incredibly disappointing. In addition, I wasn't too crazy about the language he used throughout. I found it unnecessary as it didn't add anything to the story. I would not recommend at all.

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Winnipeg1
Jan 11, 2011

Dull. Another dull tale of the rich-&-famous. Disappointing because this book got some good reviews. Can't figure out why ....

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