An edgy portrayal of a family that implodes set against the gritty glamour of 1970’s New York
After her father suddenly dies, teenage Saskia gets a crash-course in growing up in the gritty glamour of 1970s New York. Her now downwardly mobile family move from Gramercy Park to the seedy Upper West Side. Their mom becomes increasingly nihilistic and embarks on a sexual walkabout, which costs her the trust of her two eldest kids who consequently run away to join the Sullivanians, a predatory psychosexual cult. Ex-communicated by her siblings, Saskia becomes her mom’s mom. High school becomes all about getting high at school, as Saskia struggles with grieving, hapless crushes, fixing her family and the desire to be loved. This witty, heart-breaking but ultimately affirming coming of age novel doubles as a love letter to a Manhattan of an edgier era, that speaks to the chaos of closure and the satisfaction of self-determination.