authors | October 07, 2015

Highly Comic, Highly Affecting: Sloane Crosley’s First Novel, The Clasp

Sloane Crosley’s eagerly-awaited first novel, The Clasp, released this week, is earning rave reviews. “Crosley is already an established humorist,” The New York Times reminds us, “and her signature wit is sharp as ever here.” Calling the novel “highly comic, highly affecting,” The Times points to her strength as “an incisive observer of human nature in general and of a generation in particular—people circling the age of 30 who foster undue fondness for the retro culture of their youth.” In an article titled “6 Truths About College Friendship Sloane Crosley’s The Clasp Gets Totally Right,” Bustle writes, “This woman can write award-winning non-fiction essays and funny, gripping, impossible-to-put-down fiction? The answer is: Yes. And she writes the hell out of it.”

Based on a classic Guy de Maupassant short story, Crosley’s novel follows the exploits of three friends from college, fast approaching their 30s, who set off on a globe-spanning caper to trace the origins of a necklace. Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize winner, writes, “the book’s emotional power, building steadily and quietly, caught me off-guard, and left me with a lump in my throat.”

Crosley’s two best-selling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, established her, in the words of David Sedaris, as “perfectly, relentlessly funny.”

Read an excerpt of The Clasp at the website for Connecticut College, where Sloane Crosley, one of Lavin’s funniest speakers, will give the keynote address at the dedication of the revamped Shain Library this weekend.

Further reading on Sloane Crosley and The Clasp:

“Sloane Crosley on Crossing Over to Fiction with The Clasp.” In Vogue.

“Sloane Crosley’s Social Climbers: Millenials seek authenticity, and a diamond necklace, in The Clasp.” In New Republic.

“Sloane Crosley’s New Novel Is Wonderful and Wacky.” In Elle.

“The Fashionable Novelist: Sloane Crosley Tackles Texas, Fiction, & Grandmothers.” In PaperCity.

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