We’re very happy to share the news that 2007 Fellow Sophie McManus‘s first novel, The Unfortunates, which she began during her Saltonstall residency, was published in June by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
From a review in The Washington Post, Ron Charles writes: “Just often enough, some unknown writer darts from the forest of little magazines to publish a novel that blows away the gathering shades of cultural despair. … This month, that invigorating surprise comes from a 37-year-old New Yorker named Sophie McManus. Her first novel, “The Unfortunates,” merges Old World elegance and modern irony in a brilliant social satire of life among the 1 percent of the 1 percent. The result is a novel about money and how having too much or too little can twist the spine and the spirit. It’s such a trenchant vision of American aristocracy that copies should be printed on Crane stationery and delivered by a white-gloved chauffeur.”