The Clasp

The Clasp

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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 lives Kezia 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."
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ISBN: 9780374711825
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Alternative Title: Clasp : a novel


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In this suspenseful and witty novel by author Sloane Crosley,a group of friends are trying to fit their lives together and seperate the real from the fake. Tasks like this may be possible when it comes to stones,but it is far more diffucult pulling it off with humans.

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cals_readers Mar 16, 2016

"What is wrong with our society? These young people!" This popular title from last year in the emerging adult category is told from the alternating perspectives of three college friends who come together for a friend's luxurious Florida wedding. After reestablishing their relationship t... Read More »

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Dec 19, 2017

Should be R rated for use/overuse of "F" word, bodily functions on display here too. (No grappling with deeper issues of life that is.) When characters use "F" word as much as they do here, assume author is angry, though what is she angry about? Failed "relationships" most likely. What do females in this book use for birth control or are they all...?
Did not finish - no interest or liking for the characters either so why waste your time?

Nov 01, 2016

to suggest that the characters were "friends" is completely misleading... people that shared history is the closest I can come to describe it... I didn't understand a lot of the popular culture references and it was more glib than funny... I read the first 1/2 closely and skimmed the final 1/2... nothing was interesting enough to even really read it... wouldn't recommend it...

Sep 28, 2016

I enjoyed every page of this book. Amusing and insightful. I see a little of myself in Victor, and in Kezia, and in Nathaniel. This made me want to put on my great-grandmother's jewelry and think about what's real. I loved the history and literature woven into the story and how at time unlikable yet still relate-able the main characters were.

Jul 31, 2016

I enjoyed Sloane (Like the Ferris Bueller character!) Crosley's debut collection of essays, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake." She has a distinctive voice: sardonic, sharp, a little bitter. One of the best essays was about attending a wedding and it's a wedding that kickstarts the action of her first novel, "The Clasp." A group of friends reconnect at a fancy wedding, there's a stolen necklace, and antics ensue. It's loosely inspired by Guy de Maupassant's classic story "The Necklace" and much of the novel takes place in Paris. It starts strong and funny, but then falls apart, as Crosley throws in too much. I imagine we'll see a film of this sometime soon.

Dec 04, 2015

Still not sure how I finished this one but I did keep reading and enjoyed the last third. Was it worth spending time with these infuriating characters to get there? Unsure! Some scenes sparkled, some are a bit boring (college flashbacks) - many had an 'ick' factor. What kept me going were the laughs, an actual plot, & the stinging travelogue of France, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.


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