The fortunate ones

by Tarkington, Ed, 1973-

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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The perfect read for fans of The White Lotus or Succession

"As a novelist, Tarkington is the real deal. I can't wait to see this story reach a wide audience."

--Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

When Charlie Boykin was young, he thought his life with his single mother on the working-class side of Nashville was perfectly fine. But when his mother arranges for him to be admitted as a scholarship student to an elite private school, he is suddenly introduced to what the world can feel like to someone cushioned by money. That world, he discovers, is an almost irresistible place where one can bend--and break--rules and still end up untarnished. As he gets drawn into a friendship with a charismatic upperclassman, Archer Creigh, and an affluent family that treats him like an adopted son, Charlie quickly adapts to life in the upper echelons of Nashville society. Under their charming and alcohol-soaked spell, how can he not relax and enjoy it all--the lack of anxiety over money, the easy summers spent poolside at perfectly appointed mansions, the lavish parties, the freedom to make mistakes knowing that everything can be glossed over or fixed?

But over time, Charlie is increasingly pulled into covering for Archer's constant deceits and his casual bigotry. At what point will the attraction of wealth and prestige wear off enough for Charlie to take a stand--and will he?

For readers of Wiley Cash, Ann Patchett, and Pat Conroy, The Fortunate Ones is an immersive, elegantly written story that conveys both the seductiveness of this world and the corruption of the people who see their ascent to the top as their birthright.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Charlie Boykin doesn't really question why he is suddenly lifted from his dangerous East Nashville public school to receive a need-based scholarship at Yeatman, an exclusive boarding school. Nor does he think too much about how easily he becomes close to the glamorous student, Arch Creigh, assigned to show him around. Charlie is quickly infatuated with Arch and his rarefied life among Nashville's elite--and with Arch's girlfriend, Vanessa. Even as the cracks begin to show--the drinking and nastiness of Vanessa's mother, Vanessa's twin brother Jamie's sullenness, the frequent absences of their father from home--Arch becomes so important to Charlie that he calls him brother. But when the real reason for Charlie's sudden elevation comes out, he runs away in disgust. It takes a devastating loss to bring him back into Arch's orbit, as Arch becomes a rising political star. This time there is no escaping until deeply buried secrets bubble to the surface. Delicious with drawn-out tension and intrigue, The Fortunate Ones is an atmospheric triumph."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Tarkington's spirited coming-of-age story (after Only Love Can Break Your Heart) focuses on class differences and the fraught bond between two boys in 1980s Tennessee. After fatherless Charlie Boykin, who lives on the wrong side of East Nashville with his cocktail waitress mother, wins a scholarship to a private school, he becomes ensconced in the upper crust society of posh neighboring town Belle Meade. Befriended by golden boy and fellow freshman Arch Creigh, also fatherless, Charlie is introduced to a world of privilege and is soon caught up in a love triangle with Arch's girlfriend, Vanessa. Charlie never feels truly at home among his wealthy peers, though his friendship with Arch continues through college and beyond, when he helps Arch with his political career after Arch marries Vanessa. Tarkington frames the story with middle-aged Charlie's present-day narration, in which he learns that Arch, now a U.S. senator, has died by suicide. While there's no shortage of melodrama, the author skillfully unpacks Charlie's uneasy feelings about helping Arch, who abandoned his principles for political gain, and Charlie's reaction to learning the truth behind why he was offered the scholarship. Tarkington's strong story of loyalty and the corruption of privilege transcends the familiar set-up. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Social classes -- Tennessee -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Rich people -- Fiction.
Private schools -- Tennessee -- Fiction.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher Chapel Hill, North Carolina :Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 308 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781616206802
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