Down the Shore

Down the Shore

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"An exhilarating debut novel of reinvention, friendship, and ambition-from the Jersey shore to Scotland. Tom Alison is weeks away from collecting his diploma at an East Coast boarding school and heading off to the Ivy League. His goal: a job in high finance alongside the power brokers he's been watching from a distance as the working-class son of a single mom. But when he gets caught selling drugs on campus, his life among the children of privilege quickly falls apart. Tom escapes his ruined reputation with a new friend - Claire Savage, the son of a disgraced financier - and the two of them flee to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. But what they find is a world shaped by even more powerful and unforgiving forces of greed, class, and ambition than the one they left behind. As Tom is sucked into a life of sex, drugs, status, and greed, he learns what it takes to break the rules - and how we can be broken by them."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670016426
067001642X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Parish
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 24 cm

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courtneyshannon
Sep 03, 2014

This book was just "meh" - not good, not bad. The writing itself is okay, but most of the characters are pretty flat, uninteresting, or cliched. Stan Parish's short NYTimesMag "Lives" piece is thoughtful and enjoyable but "Down the Shore" feels more like an excuse to reminisce about his year between boarding school and college and how much money he and his friends spent on drugs and overpriced booze. Also, most of the book takes place in Scotland, not the Jersey Shore so the title's a bit misleading.

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