The Fall of Princes

The Fall of Princes

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In this novel, 1980's Manhattan shimmers like the mirage it was, as money, power, and invincibility seduce a group of young Wall Street turks. Together they reach the pinnacle, achieving the kind of wealth that grants them access to anything and anyone they want. Until, one by one, they fall. The Fall of Princes takes readers into a world of hedonistic highs and devastating lows, weaving a visceral tale about the lives of these young men, winners all... until someone changes the rules of the game.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443444637
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,23 cm.


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May 16, 2019

wanted to like this book so much more than I did.. Grew up in that era.. This was missing something..

Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Feb 01, 2016

I love a story about 1980s excess set in NYC, and this is a good one. The writing is sparse and sharp, and Goolrick does a fantastic job of drawing us into this world, and taking us for a ride on the train-wreck that is the narrator's Wall Street trader lifestyle. Obvious comparisons can be made to Jay McInerny and Bret Easton Ellis, though the shame cuts deeper and the desire for redemption is stronger in Goolrick's novel. The loss and regret can, at times, be heartbreaking.

Oct 07, 2015

Writing is sparse, crisp, no nonsense.

While not being able to relate to name and place dropping, I do relate to money and things and food and drink and sex not filling a void.

Sep 26, 2015

Having not heard from Goolrick for awhile, I was delighted to be captivated by another one of his books. He has introduced me to the writings of Proust and the music of The Blue Nile.

JCLGreggW Jul 08, 2015

So: what’s a more interesting story to you – the rise to wealth, fame, and glory… or the agonizing fall afterwards? Goolrick weaves a dazzling, gut-wrenching tale of excess based around the story of Rooney, who was at the top of the world as one of the largest financial wizards of Wall Street during the 1980s, but was suddenly locked out of the world he once ruled. Goolrick ditches a straight narrative and gives us the story in chunks, each chapter looking a different facet of the world he lost. Rooney isn’t exactly a likeable character, but becomes at least a bit sympathetic as he describes his high-flying friends, vacation homes, and lavish parties, and Goolrick brings an edge of loss, wistfulness, and painful honesty to every page. The writing is dreamlike and fascinating, and even though this novel might not be a big of a hit as 2010’s A RELIABLE WIFE, it’s worth looking for.


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Oct 07, 2015

Carmela once asked me, "What is it you really want?"
I shouted at her: "I want to be completely loved and completely left alone." p 262.

Oct 07, 2015

Simiar quote used twice in book. Once from Holly to Rooney, once from Rooney to Carmela: "I'm telling you this because the greatest sin is to love somebody and not to tell your love. If you stay silent, they don't know, when they walk down the street or into a room full of strangers, that they are loved. You are loved, and that can never be taken from you. It's not much. It's all I have. Maybe it's enough." p 289.

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