By Scott Spencer
From the bestselling, seriously acclaimed writer of Man within the Woods and Endless Love, a gorgeous, stinging portrait of sophistication and creativity-and the double-edged sword of success
Thirteen events over the process decades-an opium infused fish fry, a reception for a doomed presidential candidate, a fund-raiser for a blind baby who speaks in tongues, a trip to at least one of latest York’s fabled intercourse clubs-brilliantly demonstrate the lives of 2 undefined, one hoping to be admitted to the dominion of artwork, the opposite hoping for a small proportion of the yank dream, either pushed via forces of background they hardly understand or recognize.
Thaddeus Kaufman, the son of booksellers, and style Cornell, raised in a basement house she longs to flee, meet at an area paintings reasonable in Chicago. quickly after, they head to long island, aloft at the wings of younger love. Jennings Stratton, the son of a caretaker, and Muriel Sanchez, the daughter of a cop, meet in a home he's refurbishing in New Mexico, and so they, too, head for the massive urban.
In an unlimited Hudson River property, the lives of the 2 finally intertwine. Thaddeus has made it immense in an unforeseen means, environment off a sequence response of envy between his neighbors and friends and eternally altering the dynamic of his marriage with Grace, for whom luck has been elusive, and paintings, as soon as a resource of solace, has turn into a font of bitterness. And Jennings, hoping to go beyond his acceptance because the neighborhood Casanova, a guy appropriate just for menial initiatives, has ventured right into a cycle of robbery and betrayal that threatens to break the delicate lifetime of his family.
Funny and slicing, affecting and expansive, River lower than the Road is Scott Spencer’s masterpiece of all that lies underneath our daily lives-a tale in regards to the pursuit of affection, paintings, and funds, and the inevitable reckoning that awaits us all.