Rich Boy

Rich Boy

Book - 2010
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Robert Vishniak is the favored son of Oxford Circle, a working-class Jewish neighborhood in 1970s Philadelphia. Handsome and clever, Robert glides into the cloistered universities of New England, where scions of unimaginable wealth and influence stand shoulder to shoulder with scholarship paupers like himself who wash dishes for book money. The doors that open there lead Robert to the highest circles of Manhattan society during the heart of the Reagan boom where everything Robert has learned about women, through seduction and heartbreak, pays off. For a brief moment, he has it all-but the world in which he finds himself is not the world from which he comes, and a chance encounter with a beautiful girl from the old neighborhood-and the forgotten life she reawakens-threatens to unravel his carefully constructed new identity.

Baker & Taylor
After he rises from a working-class New York Jewish neighborhood in the 1970s to the cloistered universities of New England to the highest circles of Manhattan society during the Reagan boom, Robert Vishniak sees his carefully crafted identity start to unravel after he bumps into a beautiful woman from the old neighborhood.

Baker
& Taylor

The upward strivings of a middle-class Jew as he loses himself in the strange world of the fabulously wealthy is threatened by a chance encounter with a beautiful girl from his old NYC neighborhood--and the forgotten life she reawakens--threatens to unravel his carefully constructed new identity.
After he rises from a working-class New York Jewish neighborhood in the 1970s to the highest circles of Manhattan society, Robert Vishniak sees his carefully crafted identity start to unravel after he bumps into a beautiful woman from the old neighborhood.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446563185
0446563188
Characteristics: 517 p. ; 24 cm

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Dec 20, 2011

A fairly engaging story that I'd describe as "Tom Wolfe-lite" in how it describes the social dynamics of characters living in the northeastern US.

tiggyy Oct 02, 2011

Oh boy!!!! I just finished reading this book, and I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. There is a great story, great characters, etc. Read it

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