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Pineapple Street (Hardback)Jenny Jackson (author)
Charting the path of three women within one prominent Brooklyn family, Pineapple Street is an evocative and beautifully observed exploration of class, money and different kinds of dreams from an exciting new voice in fiction.
This unputdownable debut follows three women in an old Brooklyn Heights clan: one who was born with money, one who married into it, and one who wants to give it all away.
Darley, the eldest daughter in the well-connected, carefully-guarded Stockton family, has never had to worry about money. Darley followed her heart, trading her job and her inheritance for motherhood, sacrificing more of herself than she ever intended. Sasha, Darley's new sister-in-law, has come from more humble origins, and her hesitancy about signing a pre-nup has everyone worried about her intentions. And Georgiana, the baby of the family, has fallen in love with someone she can't (and really shouldn't) have, and must confront the kind of person she wants to be.
Rife with the indulgent pleasures of life among New York's one per centers - glittering parties, weekend homes and hungover brunches - Pineapple Street is a scintillating, escapist novel that sparkles with wit and wry humour. Full of recognisable, loveable if fallible characters (and a few appalling ones!), it's about the peculiar unknowability of someone else's family, the miles between the haves and have-nots and everything in between.
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm
‘Your first favourite summer read has come early. It’s marvellous - clever, funny and brilliantly well observed.’ - India Knight
'Jenny Jackson has written a lovely, absorbing, acutely observed novel about class, money and love. These are the themes of Henry James and Jane Austen, but they are observed with a fresh eye and a contemporary voice. Who wouldn't want to read Pineapple Street?' - Nick Hornby
'The season's first beach read, a delicious romp of a debut featuring family crises galore' - The New York Times
'I loved Pineapple Street The characters are complex and engaging and their stories bring a particular slice of New York magically alive. So wise, emotionally honest, and such fun' - Helen Fielding
'A delicious new Gilded Age family drama ... a guilty pleasure that also feels like a sociological text' - Vogue
'I stayed up until five in the morning devouring Pineapple Street. Nothing beats a story told this well and rendered with such lovingly comic precision ... Truly the smartest and most deliciously fun novel I've read in ages' - Kevin Kwan
'Jenny Jackson turns this story of super-rich people living frustrated lives in Brooklyn into a compelling and thoughtful look at what it means to have very little agency in your own life. While it's hard to feel too much sympathy for the main characters, it's an excellent read' - Stylist
Jenny Jackson delivers SUCH a delicious treat with her debut novel, Pineapple Street. It delights across the board - character (the wealthy, quirky Stockton family), setting (an insider's look at Brooklyn) and plot (a searingly honest exploration of class and privilege.) With shifting points of view and smart, laugh-out-loud observations on every single page, Pineapple Street is an instant classic' - Elin Hilderbrand
'Filled with warmth and light. I was moved, engaged, inspired and charmed' - Daisy Buchanan
'Full of witty and caustic observations about a privileged class of New Yorkers, Pineapple Street is a sharp and juicy satire' - Nita Prose
'Killer debut about class, love and money' - Grazia
'It's the novel Jane Austen would have written ... if Jane Austen lived in Brooklyn Heights in the 21st century' - The New York Times
'A witty, easy-to-devour story of wealth and love's never-ending war in the modern age' - Elle
'This novel...is laugh-out-loud good....Love and money have always mixed like oil and water (not well), but Jackson finds new humor and warmth in her particularly witty debut' - Harper's Bazaar
'This witty novel about the haves and have-mores is Succession with a soul' - Time
'A novel about inheritance and the cultural inanities of the American WASP, set in a maximalist mansion? Don't mind if I do. Pineapple Street is more than a field report on the WASPs and their shabby-sweater super-wealth, of course-it's about class difference and the taxations of love' - Bustle
'Sparkling ... The book is smart and sharply observed, peppered with small gems' - The Washington Post
'Pineapple Street encapsulates the oftentimes ridiculous nature of the ultra-wealthy. The author seamlessly immerses readers in the lives of the Stocktons...[who] must ask themselves the uncomfortable question: Is it possible to be "good" with this much money?' - Shondaland
'Ever wondered what it's like to be a New York socialite? This account of three ficitionalied Brooklyn Heights women lets you into the world of tennis clubs, long lunches and party politics. Life for Sasha, Daley and Georgina isn't as rosy as it seems. Each has her own personal drama, but releatable failures keep you rooting for them. Remember: money can't buy you love' - Woman and Home
'Set in the windy, sun-dappled streets of Brooklyn Heights, Pineapple Street is a portrait at once searing, hilarious and poignant of a NY family straight-jacketed by their own wealth' - Miranda Cowley Heller
'Pineapple Street is that rarest of gifts-a novel you don't want to put down for anything. Transporting and laugh-out-loud funny, this intergenerational story is a perfect tale for our times' - J. Courtney Sullivan
'In this vibrant and hilarious debut, Jenny Jackson has taken a familiar tale-siblings, family money, competing interests-and given it fresh life. What binds the book together so wonderfully is Jackson's keen understanding of the beauty and difficulty of belonging, of how our desires can clash with our inherited narrative and what happens to the people we love when we need to rewrite the story. Pineapple Street is riveting, timely, hugely entertaining and brimming with truth' - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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“A story about love and family”
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“A thoroughly enjoyable read”
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