Thank you to Algonquin Books for including me in the blog tour of The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington and for a gifted copy of the book.
Charlie Boykin, a soldier who is assigned more than his share of casualty notifications because of his sympathetic mien, finds out his childhood friend, Senator Archer Creigh, has died by suicide.
Raised by a young, single mother in East Nashville, Charlie consistently fell victim to bullies. His mother arranged for him to attend the exclusive boys’ school, Yeatman on scholarship, where Arch became his “Big Brother,” then his best friend and hero, while at the same time a rival for the affection of Vanessa, the girl they both love.
Both Charlie and his mother become seduced by the people and wealth of Nashville’s elite, and though Charlie recognizes the hypocrisy and prejudice of his new circle, he’s too enamored with his new friends to threaten his position with them. Yet, as they age and as Arch enters politics, the stakes become higher.
Tarkington writes so exquisitely, I savored the prose even as I couldn’t stop reading. The narrative unpacked the tenuous façade held up by wealth and privilege in part through revealing the path to Arch’s fate and in part through the observations of Charlie, an onlooker who desperately wants to belong.
The book goes on sale Tuesday, January 5!
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