East Side Story: A Novel

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HMH, Dec 2, 2004 - Fiction - 240 pages
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A “novel of power and hypocrisy in upper-class New York” that follows the rise of one prominent family, generation after generation (The New Yorker).

How did the families who live on Manhattan’s Upper East Side get to where they are today? This engaging saga by a New York Times–bestselling author charts the rise of an uncommon family in America’s grandest city.
East Side Story tells of the Carnochan family whose Scottish forebears established themselves in New York’s textile business during the Civil War. From there they quickly moved on to seize prominent positions in the country’s top schools and Manhattan’s elite firms. As the novel unfolds, Carnochans across generations recount stories about their illuminating lives steeped in both good fortune and moral jeopardy. From women who outsmart their foolish husbands to ambitious lawyers who protect the Carnochan name to the family’s artists and writers, all weigh the question that infuses so much of Louis Auchincloss’s fiction: What makes for a meaningful life in a family that has so much?
“Some writers inform, some instruct, and some tell how rewarding good prose can be,” John Kenneth Galbraith once observed. “Louis Auchincloss does all three.” In its starred review, Kirkus Reviews called East Side Story “a rich chronicle . . . that succeeds in humanizing a rare and much-maligned species of Americans for those who don’t come across them very much.” Auchincloss’s superb novel is both a loving and wicked look at New York’s Yankee aristocracy as only this sublime master of manners can provide.

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A family saga follows the fortunes of a clan of Scots merchants as they morph into pillars of New York society.The waxing and waning of the old Yankee aristocracy has always provided Auchincloss (The ... Read full review

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This is the kind of novel that Auchincloss renders with supreme skill, earning him appreciative comparisons with Henry James and Edith Wharton. A dark, fascinating, and complex tale of old money and ... Read full review


1 Peter
2 Eliza
3 Bruce
4 Gordon
5 Estelle
6 Gordon 2
7 Alida
8 David
9 Jaime
10 Ronny
11 Pierre
12 Loulou
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Louis Auchincloss was honored in the year 2000 as a “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. During his long career he wrote more than sixty books, including the story collection Manhattan Monologues and the novel The Rector of Justin. The former president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Auchincloss resided in New York City until his death in January 2010.

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