The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess (Review & Giveaway!)

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If I had a book party – I would be happy with just wine and books – I don’t even need guests! Just my own little party! Oh wait.. that’s like every Friday for me already! 🙂

In this stunning story – the guests dress up as famous book characters! How fun – right?!?


It’s the Summer of 1987, and Eve, 25, is an aspiring writer working as a low-level assistant in the book publishing industry. Unable to climb out from under the shadow of her brilliant brother and impress her mother, she jumps at the chance to work with a famed New Yorker writer as his assistant on Cape Cod, and scores an exclusive invitation to his and his wife’s famed “Book Party” ― where attendees dress as literary characters.

Eve is dazzled by the family, the lifestyle, their famous friends, and the couples handsome son. The summer seems so magical… until Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about those around her that summer, and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

I loved this book! It was a really different and unique kind of coming of age novel that kept me riveted the entire time. I love to read about the “rich” and famous – and follow all the scandalous gossip that follows them. The book party concept is GENIUS and I want to have my own!

I enjoyed following Eve, and seeing the seedy and pretentious industry of publishing in the 80’s. It was fun seeing all levels – from intern editors all the way up to world famous authors, and everything in between. The literary references and watching Eve navigate this community as a star struck book lover and young girl falling in love – is gorgeously told through beautiful prose and quite the unique story.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Henry Holt Books (partner) and Karen Dukess for gifting me with this hot summer read!

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (July 9, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250225477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250225474

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About Karen:

kdukessKaren Dukess has a work history as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on parenting for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. She lives outside New York City with her family.



About the Book:

*A July 2019 Indie Next List Great Read*
*One of Parade’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019*
*An O Magazine Best Beach Read of 2019*
*A New York Post Best Beach Read of 2019*

The Last Book Party is a delight. Reading this story of a young woman trying to find herself while surrounded by the bohemian literary scene during a summer on the Cape in the late ’80s, I found myself nodding along in so many moments and dreading the last page. Karen Dukess has rendered a wonderful world to spend time in.”
―Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed “Book Party”― where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess’s The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.


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