July 2019 Indie Next List
“Oh, to have the wisdom and perspective of age when one is young. In 1987, Eve Rosen joins an elite seaside community as the summer assistant for a prestigious author. As their relationship turns from professional to personal, Eve gains more insight into the publishing world than she ever thought possible. Full of wistful yearning for a time long ago, The Last Book Party is a tribute to youth and its folly, all wrapped up in a gorgeous novel.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend a summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed�writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her crush on the hosts� son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey�s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie�s exclusive and famed "Book Party.� But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.
About the Author
With a background in newspaper and magazine journalism, Karen Dukess spent nearly a decade as a speechwriter on gender equality at the United Nations Development Programme. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives in Pelham, New York. The Last Book Party is her debut novel.