The Golden House

A Novel

paperback, 400 pages

Published June 5, 2018 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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4 stars (1 review)

"A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until …

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4 stars

This book was recommended to me by a friend who had mixed feelings about it, but I loved it. The prose is dense and somewhat pretentious, but I found the turns of phrase clever and a pleasure to read. The novel centers on the lives of a mysterious foreign millionaire and his three sons, with the narrator an observant neighbor. It's an interesting examination of the meaning of identity, wrapped around a twisting plot that kept me reading.