The Little Clan

The Little Clan

A dazzling debut set in modern-day New York, The Little Clan is a sharp, insightful look at friendship and finding yourself in your twenties Ava Gallanter is the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club, an ancient, dwindling Manhattan arts club full of eccentric geriatric residents stuck in a long-gone era. Twenty-five-year-old Ava, however, feels right at home. She l A dazzling debut set in modern-day New York, The Little Clan is a sharp, insightful look at friendship and findin...

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Title:The Little Clan
Author:Iris Martin Cohen
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0778312828
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Little Clan Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 16, 2018
    A debut novel! I loved this in the beginning, when it was about an awkward twenty-something working in a private library of a dusty club in New York City. When her "best friend" returns and causes havoc, the entire book shifts to focus on everything about that situation, masking the...
  • Amy
    Jun 05, 2018
    By far, one of my favorite books this month was,  The Little Clan , and I would recommend it for a fantastic bookish escape this summer. This debut novel is about two old friends who decide to open a Victorian-inspired literary salon at an aging Manhattan arts club. While Ava is qu...
  • Annie
    Mar 22, 2018
    Having worked in libraries for over a decade, I?ve met a lot of people who feel like they?ve found the perfect corner of the world in which to live. (I?m one of these people.) Not only are we surrounded books, but we encounter a lot of people with their slightly odd obsessions an...
  • Amy
    May 22, 2018
    Had its moments (like when Ava realized she'd always "thought of herself as an ingenue, the winsome, young Estella character in Great Expectations ...
  • Angela
    May 28, 2018
    This was a slow read for me. The characters weren't likable or engaging. Ava's bumbling through relationships was painful as the reason was obvious to me as the reader far before she understood herself. ...
  • Selena
    Feb 27, 2018
    I received a free copy of The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen from Goodreads for my honest review. A funny and entertaining read. It is a coming-of-age story of being young and full of hope while growing up in New York. Ava, a librarian who is twenty-five years old. She is a t...
  • Sarah
    Apr 14, 2018
    A young woman who prefers older novels and the world in which they were written is reintroduced to an old friend who talks her into starting a business. Is this a positive thing for her? Can their friendship survive. Though provoking. ...
  • Stephanie W.
    Jun 11, 2018
    Interesting book with a keen look at friendship, need and figuring out who you are. Characters are largely unlikable. Book drags on a bit but the end is satisfying. ...
  • Julie
    Jun 01, 2018
    This book had so much potential with all of its quirky literary references and the premise of establishing a cultural club. Ava, an aspiring writer obsessed with all things 19th century, works as a librarian at the formerly fashionable, now outdated Lazarus Club. She dreams of a litera...
  • Dawn
    May 22, 2018
    I really wanted to like this book. I love to read, and the idea of a classic space with a library where an older group of retired writers roams about and where Ava, a young, ambitious yet unsure, book-loving woman who wants to write her own book and who feels like she's found a safe ha...
  • Heidi Gonzalez
    Apr 24, 2018
    I tried, I really did. I started this then stopped, then started again but I just couldn't get into it. At first I was confused because I thought the book was set in a different era but then it just seems Ava is a little quirky and dresses from a different time period. I just struggled...
  • Susan
    Apr 16, 2018
    Ava remains stagnant in her life until the return of her best friend Stephanie. Stephanie comes in and takes over Ava's life with little regard for what Ava wants. I spend the book hating Stephanie and being annoyed because Ava can't stand up to her. Other things happen in the book and...
  • Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
    Oct 25, 2017
    Twenty-five year old Ava is the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club, a Manhattan arts club full of eccentric elderly residents stuck in the 1950's and 60's. Ava loves the place and leads a quiet life, surrounded by her beloved books, which is quite different from her peers, like...
  • Dunja *a chain reader*
    Apr 15, 2018
    After 221 pages I decided to stop reading The Little Clan. Why? Well I read somewhere once that readers have expectations when they start to read a book. That expectations are based on a many different things like what we read or heard about particular book, or what we already read fro...
  • Anne
    Jan 02, 2018
    25-year-old Ava and her BFF, Stephanie decide to start a literary salon inside the venerable Lazarus Club. With very different expectations the two women don't know what they don't know but begin renovations on the space, fund raising, and plan their first event. They don't even agree ...
  • Andrea
    Jan 23, 2018
    *This book was provided to me through NetGalley in return for an honest review* I just couldn't get into this book. I tried and so much about what the book was about appealed to me. Librarians, literary societies, someone the same age as I, yet every page was a struggle. I so wanted...
  • Victoria
    May 24, 2018
    Just could not get into this book. The blurb made it sound interesting and I thought it would be good, but I just couldn't connect with the characters and the story just fell flat. I gave up around 50 percent, too many other books no time to waste. ...
  • Sheila
    Sep 15, 2017
    3 stars--I liked the book. This novel is charming with some amusing observations, but uneven pacing and some truly dislikable characters kept me from loving it. I wanted to like Ava, with her love of old literature and dreaminess about the past, but she was so self absorbed that she...
  • Amy
    Feb 12, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. It is very well-written and I could picture every detail of the The Little Clan in my mind. I found myself relating a lot to Ava for her love of books and shyness. It would be interesting to hear Stephanie?s point of view and why she did some of the things...
  • Sharon May
    Apr 18, 2018
    Thanks to NetGalley, Park Row Books and Iris Martin Cohen for the opportunity to read and review this debut novel! Ava is in her 20s yet in her mind she firmly belongs in another era, one that is reflected in the old-fashioned books she loves to read. She's even taken to wear the cl...
  • Jessica Parsons
    Nov 13, 2017
    ?She wondered why, in the reflected glow of the scenery she had worked so hard to create, she felt a small internal deflation, a sigh, a hesitation; it didn?t quite feel as satisfying as she had expected.? This novel follows a young woman with an old soul, lost in her own life...
  • Yardenne
    May 23, 2018
    Gorgeous writing, laugh-out-loud funny. An achingly relatable story about women stuck in a world of men and introverts stuck in the world of glam. A stunning debut! ...
  • Anne Derkat
    Feb 14, 2018
    I won this book from Goodreads. The premise was great - two young women who start a literary salon at the Lazarus Club in New York City. Ava - extremely shy who wants to be an author, and Stephanie, her only friend in life who is the opposite and tends to lead - sometimes with disas...
  • Lara Ryan
    Apr 19, 2018
    I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm sorry to say that I DNF at 28%. I found myself skimming. A LOT. I wanted to know what the story would be but I just didn't want to skim the remaining 72% when I know I have other books that I c...
  • Emily
    Jun 10, 2018
    I received this as a free copy from YPG and, based on the cover copy, had great potential to be a wonderful book about books. It didn?t even skim the surface. The main characters were awful, neither likable, and worse, their reasoning was unsound. No plot, no character growth. I do n...
  • Carla
    Apr 01, 2018
    I love libraries and love that she works in a library in a Manhattan arts club. Loved reading about Ava and how she grows as a person through her experiences with Stephanie. A nice coming of age story. I won this book on Goodreads. ...
  • Karen
    May 04, 2018
    This book was exactly what I'm always looking for: a funny, wise novel that is both great art and a really good time. It's so beautifully written every sentences is a pleasure, and it has a lot to tell you. A coming of age story with a feminist twist, compelling characters and an unusu...
  • Jan P
    May 24, 2018
    I wavered from not thinking I would like it to liking it to being disappointed in the ending. I found Ava Gallanter enchanting at first but got tired of her timidity and her insistence on living like it was the 1800's. The story was engaging but the characters were not fleshed out enou...
  • Zachary Houle
    Apr 15, 2018
    What does it mean to be a writer in the 21st century? Iris Martin Cohen?s debut novel The Little Clan seeks to answer that question. Yes, this is another book about writing, and, yes, it is set in New York City (groan!). Does the world need another book about whether or not the act o...
  • Brina (5171MilesBooks)
    Apr 09, 2018
    1.5 Stars Read this and other reviews here: 5171 Miles Book Blog I really enjoyed the initial storyline of this novel. As a book lover myself I love to read about fictionalized book enthusiasts in literature. I also think that opening a literary club for book lovers with a bar or...