Down the Shore

Down the Shore

A Novel

Book - 2014
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When his ambitions for an Ivy League education and successful financial career are shattered by a drug bust, Tom Alison flees with a fellow disgraced student to a university in Scotland only to succumb to the vices of an even more class-driven environment.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014.
ISBN: 9780670016426
067001642X
Branch Call Number: FIC PARISH, STAN
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 24 cm

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courtneyshannon
Sep 03, 2014

This book was just "meh" - not good, not bad. The writing itself is okay, but most of the characters are pretty flat, uninteresting, or cliched. Stan Parish's short NYTimesMag "Lives" piece is thoughtful and enjoyable but "Down the Shore" feels more like an excuse to reminisce about his year between boarding school and college and how much money he and his friends spent on drugs and overpriced booze. Also, most of the book takes place in Scotland, not the Jersey Shore so the title's a bit misleading.

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