The Party Upstairs
DUE IN JULY: Lee Conell's new novel, The Party Upstairs, offers as much double entendre as its title suggests. New York City apartment super Martin and his daughter Ruby, a twenty-something who has returned home after a series of failed attempts to find meaningful work, are the perfect working class foil for their upstairs neighbors, wealthy Kenneth and his daughter Caroline, who is hosting a party in their penthouse apartment. Always fraught with the sting of inequality, Ruby's and Caroline's long-time friendship becomes a ticking time bomb threatening to blow up all pretense of civility. Conell's deft handling of time–her collapse of story present and past–mirrors the characters' own preoccupation with past events. The result is nothing short of astonishing, proving that no hatchet is ever completely buried. Recommended by Kelly
An electrifying debut novel that unfolds in the course of a single day inside one genteel New York City apartment building, as tensions between the building's super and his grown-up daughter spark a crisis that will, by day's end, change everything.