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The Fortunate Ones (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

Ed Tarkington’s new novel is the story of privilege and how it is wielded to both advantage and disadvantage of those who fall under its spell. Set in Nashville, the novel spans the life of Charlie Boykin and the family who takes him under their wing. Sexual awakenings, infidelities, abuse of power, politics, and other timely issues are woven into the pages. In the tradition of many of our classic coming of age stories, The Fortunate Ones lays bare what it means to be a vulnerable young person and how power corrupts. The novel will provide lots of discussable material for book clubs.

— Mamie

January 2021 Indie Next List

“Ed Tarkington is the mastermind behind this tender tale of love and betrayal, politics and social divide. A teenage boy growing up with a single mom in a low-income area of Nashville receives a mysterious scholarship offer to attend an elite private school for boys. Charlie Boykin is now in the midst of the children of billionaires and socialites, and the trajectory of his life is altered forever. The reader is left to ask, ‘Was it all worth it?’ This is a character-driven novel with a storyline as opulent as the mansions within.”
— Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643752006
ISBN-10: 1643752006
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English