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The Clasp
The Clasp: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
Part comedy of manners, part treasure hunt, the first novel from the writer whom David Sedaris calls "perfectly, relentlessly funny"Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own livesKezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and the Eeyore-esque Victor, just fired from a middling search engine. They soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel. In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom's bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she's never even told her son, about a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation of France. And so a madcap adventure is set into motion, one that leads Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel from Miami to New York and L.A. to Paris and across France, until they converge at the estate of Guy de Maupassant, author of the classic short story "The Necklace." Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley's inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake. Such a task might be possible when it comes to precious stones, but is far more difficult to pull off with humans.
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CarolynM
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Bailedbailed

I've made it to half way but I'm not going any further. I'm not finding it funny and I don't care where it's going. Bail.

TrishB I‘m all for bailing! 1mo
quietjenn I really did not like this. You're smart to bail! 1mo
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bookandcat
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 covers, 7 days, no explanations.

Day 2: Hot pink edition hardcover (featuring shiny gold chains details) of The Clasp by Sloane Crosley.
(There are multiple editions that feature other colors.)

@schlinkles would you like to play?

Schlinkles Sure! 4mo
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DarcysMom
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Mehso-so
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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stephani06
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I've been on a nonfiction kick lately, but tonight I feel like an escape. (Bonus dog in background.)

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ReadingMeagan
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Made a return to Chapters and got all these books instead!

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BooksForYears
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#uncannyoctober day 5 - garish

The most garish covers on my shelves are of the neon variety.

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kdwinchester
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I turned my day hiding books into a vlog! You can check out my adventures over on my #BookTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/KendraWinchester

Did you guys participate? Has anyone actually found a book or seen one in the wild?

#ibelieveinbookfairies #hideabookday #goodreadsturns10

Sarahreadstoomuch I have seen books left outside my library 😊 2y
imabusybee I found one at my library today. 2y
kyraleseberg My daughter and I left a couple at the library yesterday! 2y
tpixie I‘ve left some, but never found one! 2y
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ChrisSeddon
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Mehso-so

Good characters and great writing but something about how the whole story resolved just left me feeling a bit meh.

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Meglet
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Bailedbailed

I made it halfway through the book, began to suspect that this was going to be some kind of retelling of the short story The Necklace, and gave up. Still don't care for the characters at all. Self-absorbed, unethical, and this is what passes for witty now? Reminded me way more of The Nest than of The Madwoman Upstairs (so if you liked The Nest, you'll probably like this one). I guess there's a slight literary element to it, but not fun at all.

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Meglet
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I'm a third of the way through this book, the adventure has yet to begin, and the characters are highly unlikable. I'm beginning to feel like anything popular and new and even mildly critically acclaimed is going to have self-absorbed, unlikable characters and good gosh, can people not just be nice and mildly quirky and intelligent anymore?

LiteraryinLititz Ugh. It's really hard for me to get through books like that. 3y
Meglet @LiteraryinLititz do you have a hard time deciding when to bail too? I hate wasting my precious reading time on disappointing books, but I still have such a hard time bailing. 3y
LiteraryinLititz @Meglet You know, in recent years I'm much more willing to bail on books. Sometimes even if I appreciate that it's a well done book, it's still not my cup of tea. And if it's not well done, it's even easier to bail on! 3y
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HappilyEverKrafter
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"... libraries were like doctors: it was time to see a specialist."

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thereadingwomen
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?New Podcast Episode Day?⠀
Since it's our birthday month, so this month's theme is co-hosts choice, which means we picked whatever we wanted. We are featuring six books that we've been dying to read, including THE CLASP. It's loosely based off the short story "The Necklace." Books about books is the prompt for today's #ReadingWomenMonth challenge. ⠀
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reading-women/id1118019442?mt=2&i=1000386254...

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katherinedelores
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It's finally summer break!! Bring on the lakeside reading ? (with a little rosé on the side ☀️)
Also, im loving this picador edition I snagged at Indie Bookstore Day. Yes, I'm still working through my haul. I'm an educator I've been a little busy ?

cariashley Great pic!! And mmmm rosé season 3y
katherinedelores Thank you! And yes, I'm so glad 😍 We had three feet of snow on the ground a week ago 😨 3y
BooksForYears That is such a fun book, and a really fun cover! 3y
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BooksForYears
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@bookriot #riotgrams day 13 - pink covers

There are three different colored covers to this book, and I loved the pink one. I also love the detail on the hardcover itself!

Reviewsbylola This is a great cover. 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 What a cool cover! 3y
Laalaleighh Ooh I want this cover. 3y
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ingredientx
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After a long, cold day I grabbed two things I knew would warm me up. Have you read the Clasp? SO GOOD. (Whiskey's good too 😁)

Jenshootsweddings Mmmmmmm whiskey 3y
jessicarenee Yes! I loved this book 3y
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LilMamaMastro Good book, Good whiskey 💗💖 3y
ApoptyGina69 Loved it! I generally drink Jameson's, but I like TD also. 3y
cariashley Ooh I need to read that! Forgot about it for a while 😊 3y
Centique That sounds fantastic. 3y
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WordWaller
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Went a little overboard at the Twin Cities Book Festival today given my pact that I'd only get 2 books. Couldn't help myself. Look at these beauties! And the only one that isn't used is the Milkweed book on publishing that I thought would be fitting to own (: 📚🎉 I'm most excited to start The Clasp!

BookishFeminist Nice haul! 3y
stacybmartin I 💙The Book of Unknown Americans - so good! 3y
DebinHawaii Excellent haul! 📚❤️ 3y
BethFishReads Nice looking stack 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just finished the Book of Unknown Americans, very good! 3y
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tonilehelena
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Oh man I *really* want to read this! Personal recommendations from well-read friends are the best thing in the world, I reckon!

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kdwinchester
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One of my finds yesterday at the #DecaturBookFestival.

#Twinsies 👭 #dbf2016

Theresa One of how many? I went yesterday thinking I would just see authors. No need to buy anything; no need to get autographs. BWAHAHAHA!!! How stupid I was! I'm afraid to check my credit card statement. 😂😂 But here I am, primed & ready to do it all over again today! 📚📚📚 @Well-ReadNeck 3y
ApoptyGina69 I just adore Sloane Crosley. I have the blue cover of The Clasp. I've also seen a green one. 3y
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Theresa Yes we did! Can't wait for next year!! 3y
kdwinchester @ApoptyGina69 @autumnprivett adores her too and insisted that I read her. I never have so I am pretty excited to read her for the first time! 3y
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ApoptyGina69
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I was excited to read Sloane Crosley's novel debut since I have really loved all her essay collections. I grabbed it up right away, but I didn't see too much media about it. If you've read Guy deMaupassant's The Necklace, this book is for you! #augustphotochallenge #underhypedbook

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ApoptyGina69
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Looking forward to more, always more! Thanks Ms. Crosley.

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Rorelai
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whelanmaria
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Pickpick

This book is entirely entertaining from start to finish. Hilarious, twisted, and adventurous fun. A great beach read for the summer.

paige84 I read "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" and LOVED it. It was so unexpectedly funny I would have to put the book down for a few minutes to calm my laughing. I'll definitely have to check this one out. I didn't know she had more! 4y
whelanmaria @Ashley.Paige This was her debut novel from last year. Different vibe but still great! 4y
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Cassie
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Smart and cynical, but also really sweet. The plot took a while to get going, but the characters propelled it forward well enough in the first half. This was a fun read, and I'm always a sucker for modern literature inspired by the classics.

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Cassie
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Starting a new book at lunch today. I hope it's a fun one!

wanderlustywriter Is it good? I've been thinking about this one 4y
Cassie @wanderlustywriter I'm enjoying it! It's not exactly what I expected, but it's fun. 4y
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LornaDH
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The kid and I have read Six Dinner Sid, Peter Rabbit and Peppa's Post today. But this one is for me. Found the author's essay collection to be hit or miss. But this novel is pretty good.

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Elyn
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Mehso-so

Some fun moments but not a compelling plot.

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KikiLovesBooks
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Put a review in the wrong space, forgive me. I had a hard time connecting to the three main characters. Took half the book to get the literary plot going, and then the whole thing ended abruptly. Disappointing but not awful.

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KikiLovesBooks
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"If Los Angeles, with its youthful obsessions, made life feel like death, then Paris made death feel like life."

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KikiLovesBooks
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What I'm reading today for book group!

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autumnprivett
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I have literally been pining after this book for more than a year. Finally picked it up at my local bookstore last weekend. ✨💫

OffTheBeatenShelf.com It's been on my list too! I can't wait to hear what you think of it. I really loved her short story collection I Was Told There'd Be Cake. 💜 4y
autumnprivett @OffTheBeatenShelf.com Hopefully I will get to it soon! I adored I Was Told There'd Be Cake!!! So much good stuff. 😍 4y
wanderlustywriter Also on my TBR stack, let us know how it is! 4y
Gayan I need to read this. I also loved I Was Told There'd Be Cake. 4y
cats_in_cardigans Looking forward to this one! 4y
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Britany
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I liked it!

jeff Excited to read this one! 4y
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Britany
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Just started "The Clasp." Feels like the perfect balance of enjoyable, easy read/not a total commitment while also being not a total waste of time ?? Will report back after reading more!

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