Entitlement: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Entitlement: A Novel (Hardcover)


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ENTITLEMENT is Rumaan Alam's delicious slow burn od a literary novel, examining class, race, and the very fabric of our economic social structure.  A young Black woman gets a job working for a billionaire who wants to give his money away.  Slowly, she becomes enamored with his life and, for the first time, sees herself actually climbing a social ladder.  All through the book, I was screaming at her as well as at several other characters.  It's a painful downfall, and the book cn be difficult and challenging, but it sure grabbed me and didn';t let go.  I was shattered by the end.

— From Bill recommends

A novel of money and morality from the New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind

 Brooke wants. She isn’t in need, but there are things she wants. A sense of purpose, for instance. She wants to make a difference in the world, to impress her mother along the way, to spend time with friends and secure her independence. Her job assisting an octogenarian billionaire in his quest to give away a vast fortune could help her achieve many of these goals. It may inspire new desires as well: proximity to wealth turns out to be nothing less than transformative. What is money, really, but a kind of belief?

Taut, unsettling, and alive to the seductive distortions of money, Entitlement is a riveting tale for our new gilded age, a story that confidently considers questions about need and worth, race and privilege, philanthropy and generosity, passion and obsession. It is a provocative, propulsive novel about the American imagination.
Rumaan Alam is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Leave the World Behind, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593718469
ISBN-10: 0593718461
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: September 17th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English
“Should come with an undertow warning…I was pulled under.  Rumaan Alam has mastered that eerie moment when an ordinary gesture has the potential for disaster.”
Louise Erdrich, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Night Watchman
“Held me spellbound from its evocative opening to its startling, audacious last pages."
Danzy Senna, nationally bestselling author of Caucasia

“These characters, their money, and their morality come together in an absolutely devastating thunderclap.” 
Kiley Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Such a Fun Age

"Reading Entitlement felt like having a vise slowly tightened around my heart…Elegant, precise and devastating."
Charles Yu, National Book Award-winning author of Interior Chinatown