The Last Book Party

The Last Book Party

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 t A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980?s New York and the timeless beache...

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Title:The Last Book Party
Author:Karen Dukess
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1250225477
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Last Book Party Reviews

  • Melissa
    Jul 13, 2019
    2.5 stars I loved the parts of this book that had to do with books, publishing, and reading. Those parts were so few and far between. It mostly seems like a book about some love affairs, but even those were tedious, yet not even thoroughly developed at the same time. I just did not ca...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Jun 16, 2019
    Absolutely mesmerizing and engaging. I loved every page of this novel. This book made me yearn for a place I've never been to, and a time in the publishing industry I did not live (I was alive at the time, just not there, you know what I mean). It's emotional and easy to read, t...
  • Karen Rush
    Jul 02, 2019
    3.5 rounded up. This book felt like a memoir of someone working in the publishing industry. But it is not. Dukess addresses the challenges of writing like an industry insider in this fictional story told from the perspective of a bookish girl. Dukess?s characters don?t often do wha...
  • Book of Secrets
    Jul 23, 2019
    3.5 Stars ? Loved that this novel was about books, writing, and publishing, set in the late 1980s. During a summer on Cape Cod, 25-year old Eve Rosen takes a job as research assistant to New Yorker writer Henry Grey. Eve's view of herself & her life's ambitions change when she be...
  • DeAnn
    Jul 11, 2019
    4 summer reading stars For me, this was a perfect summer read, a refreshing break from thrillers and historical fiction. Much is set on Cape Cod, a favorite summer location for me and the author does a great job of putting us in the setting. We meet Eve in the late 1980s as she?s ...
  • Jamie Brenner
    Mar 17, 2019
    As a serious book lover with endless nostalgia for the 1980s, I completely lost myself in this beautiful book. It's a joy! ...
  • Judy
    Jul 08, 2019
    The Last Book Party is a fun, light read which I totally enjoyed and would recommend for a beach read. Eve is working as an assistant in a publishing house and has dreams of becoming a writer, but she hasn't been writing anything for awhile. When passed over for a promotion the thought...
  • Larry H
    Jul 27, 2019
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars. "But how could you live and have no story to tell?" This quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky is the epigraph to Karen Dukess' terrific debut novel, The Last Book Party , and it couldn't be more appropriate. Dukess' book is both a coming-of-age story and a l...
  • Bam
    Jul 12, 2019
    *3.5 stars rounded up. This is the perfect kind of novel for summer reading: easy, quick and entertaining--especially for book lovers. And aren't we all that here?? In June of 1987, Eve Rosen, aspiring writer and assistant to publishing editor Malcolm Wing, at Hodder, Strike, and Pe...
  • Michelle
    Jun 29, 2019
    3 stars to this great summer read! The Last Book Party is the perfect summer read. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet there is enough substance to keep the pages turning. It's characterized as "coming of age", which I am unsure about, but it definitely deals with a young, tw...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Jul 02, 2019
    A delightfully bookish coming-of-age story set in the small town of Truro (a rural part of Cape Cod) during the summer of ?87. Eve is a Brown grad with writing aspirations. Having grown up in the shadow of her brilliant brother she?s desperate to find her way and voice. I loved wat...
  • Tammy
    Jul 15, 2019
    ?? The Last Book Party is a quick S U M M E R Y novel giving you all the feels of the Cape?s picturesque sand dunes, beaches and sea. It centers on post-graduate Eve Rosen who?s in the process of finding her true self during time spent as the famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey...
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    Jun 29, 2019
    This was a great beach read - more intelligent than the usual girl meets boy (and his father) shenanigans. LOVED the setting and all of the well drawn characters in this book - having had family vacations in Cape Cod, I found myself wanting to go back there, except I REALLY want to be ...
  • Kate Vocke
    Jul 15, 2019
    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 Su...
  • debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Jul 01, 2019
    A delightful summer escape! A solid 4 stars! We meet 25-year-old assistant, Eve Rosen. She works in a publishing house in New York and has aspirations of becoming a writer one day. Things don't go as she hopes with her job, so she quits and takes a summer job as an assistant to a wel...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    May 31, 2019
    (free review copy) 4.5 stars. Bookish, nostalgic, fabulous timeless narrator and setting. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to read about writing and the publishing industry, and for anyone who adores books set in beach towns as much as I do. ...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Jun 23, 2019
    As I was reading this book I continually had the feeling that ?I?ve read this before, heard this before?. I think this would be a good beach read but there is nothing really fresh or new here. I don?t even think I would call it a coming of age book because the young woman is ou...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    Jul 15, 2019
    The Last Book Party is a coming of age story about Eve Rosen, who is "stuck" in a position as an assistant to an editor at a book publishing company. When she is passed up for a promotion, which was given to a man, she begins to rethink her future as well as her past. Since middle s...
  • Fareya
    Jul 20, 2019
    "I looked beyond the display to the tall bookshelves ringing the room, every inch of them filled with books, thick and slim, their spines shimmering in hues of brown and gold, blue and dusty red, black and green. In those books were more stories than could be counted - not just the sto...
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    Sep 06, 2019
    Eve Rosen is a terrible person. What I thought would be a story celebrating a love for storytelling while showcasing the grittier side of publishing and what it takes to create stories turned out to be a terrible coming-of-age story full of garbage, selfish characters and a plot that l...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    May 03, 2019
    4.5, rounding up. The Last Book Party is a charming coming of age story that feels both timeless and nostalgic. ?Everyone seemed so confident. It was like they were preparing to become the ?voices of their generation? and I was struggling to clear my throat.? Told thr...
  • Andrea Rothman
    Feb 14, 2019
    In simple and elegant prose that literally flies on the page, The Last Book Party offers a realistic and enchanting insider look at the high-powered world of publishing and writing. Set in Cape Cod and NYC in the late 1980?s, this coming-of age story is told through the eyes of 25-ye...
  • Jonah ❤️LIBROCUBICULARIST❤️
    May 01, 2019
    4.5 stars Oops? I did not mean to finish this book in one sitting and let alone to like it so much either. The Last Book Party is like a bad drug that you shouldn?t dabble with, but you will try anyways because it sounded SOO good. I do not really read romance and they are n...
  • Courtney McGrale
    Jul 25, 2019
    I looooooved this story. What a wonderful ode to books, the book publishing industry, the joys and pains of writing, and the eternal, youthful search for self. I felt such a strong sense of place and time in this story, and the writing was strong, smart and funny. ...
  • marilyn
    Jun 29, 2019
    This was a very light and easy read for me and so nice to enjoy a book like this between so many thrillers and heavy dramas. Twenty five year old Eve Rosen wants to be a writer but lacks confidence, inspiration, and the hard work that can be necessary to write a book. She does work in ...
  • Jypsy
    Feb 22, 2019
    I was drawn to The Last Book Party because it's a story about books. Eve loves book and wants to work in the publishing industry. She takes a job as an assistant for a famous writer. The job is an eye opener. The writer's life is not as great as Eve thought. The story portrays a time w...
  • Julia Phillips
    Feb 05, 2019
    I tore through this novel in a single night. Intensely charming, intelligent, sexy, and specific, THE LAST BOOK PARTY immerses us in the incestuous world of the 1980s literary elite, from boozy publicist-thrown parties in Manhattan to the writing nooks of a New Yorker staff writer on C...
  • Natalie
    Jan 21, 2019
    I feel so fortunate being among the first to review this extraordinary novel. I was unable to put the book down for a moment. Eve Rosen works for a publisher, dreaming of becoming a writer. It is a visit to a party among the literary elite in Truro that changes the course of her li...
  • Tucker
    Feb 13, 2019
    Many thanks to Henry Holt for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Me: *Hears the word "books"* Me: GIVEITTOMENOW | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | ...
  • Literary Soirée
    Jun 27, 2019
    I absolutely adore this book! That cover of course, and the luscious writing, the engaging coming of age story of Eve, a publishing house assistant in the literary garden of 1987. CASHMERE THROW Enveloped me like a cashmere throw, as I lost hours in the tale of this charming twent...