The Clasp

The Clasp

Book - 2015
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Three once-ambitious college friends compare their realities against their youthful goals before one enlists the others to help him search for a valuable necklace that went missing during the Nazi occupation of France.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374124410
0374124418
Branch Call Number: FIC CROSLEY, SLOANE
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm

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gr8_reader
Nov 01, 2016

to suggest that the characters were "friends" is completely misleading... people that shared history is the closest I can come to describe it... I didn't understand a lot of the popular culture references and it was more glib than funny... I read the first 1/2 closely and skimmed the final 1/2... nothing was interesting enough to even really read it... wouldn't recommend it...

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emilyhintzman
Sep 28, 2016

I enjoyed every page of this book. Amusing and insightful. I see a little of myself in Victor, and in Kezia, and in Nathaniel. This made me want to put on my great-grandmother's jewelry and think about what's real. I loved the history and literature woven into the story and how at time unlikable yet still relate-able the main characters were.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 31, 2016

I enjoyed Sloane (Like the Ferris Bueller character!) Crosley's debut collection of essays, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake." She has a distinctive voice: sardonic, sharp, a little bitter. One of the best essays was about attending a wedding and it's a wedding that kickstarts the action of her first novel, "The Clasp." A group of friends reconnect at a fancy wedding, there's a stolen necklace, and antics ensue. It's loosely inspired by Guy de Maupassant's classic story "The Necklace" and much of the novel takes place in Paris. It starts strong and funny, but then falls apart, as Crosley throws in too much. I imagine we'll see a film of this sometime soon.

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bluehydrangea
Dec 04, 2015

Still not sure how I finished this one but I did keep reading and enjoyed the last third. Was it worth spending time with these infuriating characters to get there? Unsure! Some scenes sparkled, some are a bit boring (college flashbacks) - many had an 'ick' factor. What kept me going were the laughs, an actual plot, & the stinging travelogue of France, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.

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