The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

The Last Book Party

A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New York...

Details The Last Book Party

TitleThe Last Book Party
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Writing, Books About Books, Contemporary

Reviews The Last Book Party

  • marilyn
    This was a very light and easy read for me and so nice to enjoy a book like this between so many thrillers and heavy dramas. Twenty five year old Eve Rosen wants to be a writer but lacks confidence, inspiration, and the hard work that can be necessary to write a book. She does work in a publishing house as an assistant, hoping everything about writing will rub off on her but actually is getting nowhere with her writing. When she misses out on a p...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    As I was reading this book I continually had the feeling that “I’ve read this before, heard this before”. I think this would be a good beach read but there is nothing really fresh or new here. I don’t even think I would call it a coming of age book because the young woman is out of college and has been working for a while, aged 24 or 25.The novel is about Eve who has been working as an editorial assistant at the New Yorker Magazine. She h...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Absolutely mesmerizing and engaging. I loved every page of this novel.This book made me yearn for a place I've never been to, and a time in the publishing industry I did not live (I was alive at the time, just not there, you know what I mean). It's emotional and easy to read, the pages flew by. I did not care as much about the plot as I did about the characters. Think late 1980s, New York, Cape Cod, summer, publishing, books, and growing up. Roma...
  • Larry H
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars."But how could you live and have no story to tell?"This quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky is the epigraph to Karen Dukess' terrific debut novel, The Last Book Party , and it couldn't be more appropriate. Dukess' book is both a coming-of-age story and a look at the loss of idealism, the siren song of art and those who create it, and an exploration of the always fascinating dynamics of families and their relationships.In the...
  • Jamie Brenner
    As a serious book lover with endless nostalgia for the 1980s, I completely lost myself in this beautiful book. It's a joy!
  • Michelle
    3 stars to this great summer read!The Last Book Party is the perfect summer read. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet there is enough substance to keep the pages turning. It's characterized as "coming of age", which I am unsure about, but it definitely deals with a young, twenty something woman who works in the publishing industry, trying to find a direction. It's debatable if she ultimately reaches one, but I think that's open to interpret...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    4.5, rounding up. The Last Book Party is a charming coming of age story that feels both timeless and nostalgic.“Everyone seemed so confident. It was like they were preparing to become the ‘voices of their generation’ and I was struggling to clear my throat.”Told through Eve’s perspective, the reader is drawn in as she attends the party of an acclaimed writer and introduced to a new world she wasn’t previously privy to. Eve is in her m...
  • DeAnn
    4 summer reading starsFor me, this was a perfect summer read, a refreshing break from thrillers and historical fiction. Much is set on Cape Cod, a favorite summer location for me and the author does a great job of putting us in the setting. We meet Eve in the late 1980s as she’s toiling away as an assistant in a publishing house in New York. This was a fascinating look at life working in publishing, another dream of mine. Eve is an aspiring wri...
  • Literary Soirée
    I absolutely adore this book! That cover of course, and the luscious writing, the engaging coming of age story of Eve, a publishing house assistant in the literary garden of 1987. CASHMERE THROWEnveloped me like a cashmere throw, as I lost hours in the tale of this charming twentysomething’s transition to assistant to a renown Cape Cod writer. The beach, the books, the blow out party thrown by the author and his wife, both artistic luminaries i...
  • Judy
    The Last Book Party is a fun, light read which I totally enjoyed and would recommend for a beach read. Eve is working as an assistant in a publishing house and has dreams of becoming a writer, but she hasn't been writing anything for awhile. When passed over for a promotion the thought she deserved she quits her job and moves back to Cape Code and takes a summer job working for an established author, Henry Grey, as his assistant. Eve makes some b...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    (free review copy) 4.5 stars. Bookish, nostalgic, fabulous timeless narrator and setting. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to read about writing and the publishing industry, and for anyone who adores books set in beach towns as much as I do.
  • Tammy
    ☀🌊 The Last Book Party is a quick S U M M E R Y novel giving you all the feels of the Cape’s picturesque sand dunes, beaches and sea. It centers on post-graduate Eve Rosen who’s in the process of finding her true self during time spent as the famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey’s assistant. We also learn of another side of 1980’s Cape Cod (unknown to Eve and her family that reside there) which is of the writer and artsy variety. Eve i...
    4.5 starsOops… I did not mean to finish this book in one sitting and let alone to like it so much either. The Last Book Party is like a bad drug that you shouldn’t dabble with, but you will try anyways because it sounded SOO good. I do not really read romance and they are not really my genre, but this sucked me right in and I wanted to know how is it like for people in their 20’s to grow up in the 80’s. The story was narrated by Eve Rosen...
  • Andrea Rothman
    In simple and elegant prose that literally flies on the page, The Last Book Party offers a realistic and enchanting insider look at the high-powered world of publishing and writing. Set in Cape Cod and NYC in the late 1980’s, this coming-of age story is told through the eyes of 25-year old aspiring writer, Eve Rosen. Smart and ambitious yet impressionable and unaware of her potential, Eve looks up to successful writers, young and old, and mostl...
  • Julia Phillips
    I tore through this novel in a single night. Intensely charming, intelligent, sexy, and specific, THE LAST BOOK PARTY immerses us in the incestuous world of the 1980s literary elite, from boozy publicist-thrown parties in Manhattan to the writing nooks of a New Yorker staff writer on Cape Cod. The novel's narrator, Eve, has all the insecurities and doubts of any 25-year-old aspiring writer but doesn't let those stop her from being a compelling, b...
  • Bam
    *3.5 stars rounded up. This is the perfect kind of novel for summer reading: easy, quick and entertaining--especially for book lovers. And aren't we all that here??In June of 1987, Eve Rosen, aspiring writer and assistant to publishing editor Malcolm Wing, at Hodder, Strike, and Perch, attends a party on Cape Cod given by Henry Grey, one of the authors with whom she corresponds, a man who has written a column for the New Yorker for many years. Sh...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    The Last Book Party is a coming of age story about Eve Rosen, who is "stuck" in a position as an assistant to an editor at a book publishing company. When she is passed up for a promotion, which was given to a man, she begins to rethink her future as well as her past.Since middle school Eve has wanted to write stories...short stories and novels. But unfortunately her fear of failure has always gotten in her way and with her brother who is a math ...
  • debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    A delightful summer escape! A solid 4 stars! We meet 25-year-old assistant, Eve Rosen. She works in a publishing house in New York and has aspirations of becoming a writer one day. Things don't go as she hopes with her job, so she quits and takes a summer job as an assistant to a well-known writer Henry Grey, who writes for the New Yorker. She is immediately attracted to Henry's son, Franny, who is close in age. "I took his damp glove. Bits of oy...
  • Natalie
    I feel so fortunate being among the first to review this extraordinary novel. I was unable to put the book down for a moment. Eve Rosen works for a publisher, dreaming of becoming a writer. It is a visit to a party among the literary elite in Truro that changes the course of her life. Rather than inspiration, Eve becomes entangled in the lives of the Grey family. It is in the few summer months, following the party that she learns difficult life l...
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    This was a great beach read - more intelligent than the usual girl meets boy (and his father) shenanigans. LOVED the setting and all of the well drawn characters in this book - having had family vacations in Cape Cod, I found myself wanting to go back there, except I REALLY want to be invited to the house in Truro, where all the artistic and creative people congregate.I loved all the book references - in fact, the story culminates with the popula...
  • Basic B's Guide
    A delightfully bookish coming-of-age story set in the small town of Truro (a rural part of Cape Cod) during the summer of ‘87. Eve is a Brown grad with writing aspirations. Having grown up in the shadow of her brilliant brother she’s desperate to find her way and voice. I loved watching Eve navigate her way through the literary world, from the a publishing house in NYC to working for Henry as a writers assistant. I enjoyed Eve and Henry’s b...
  • Kate Vocke
    If I had a book party - I would be happy with just wine and books - I don’t even need guests! Just my own little party! Oh wait.. that’s like every Friday for me already! :)In this stunning story - the guests dress up as famous book characters! How fun - right?!?It's the Summer of 1987, and Eve, 25, is an aspiring writer working as a low-level assistant in the book publishing industry. Unable to climb out from under the shadow of her brillian...
  • Karen
    3.5 rounded up. This book felt like a memoir of someone working in the publishing industry. But it is not. Dukess addresses the challenges of writing like an industry insider in this fictional story told from the perspective of a bookish girl. Dukess’s characters don’t often do what is right, yet I felt human vulnerability. Her title-dropping of books throughout the story was a great touch.An enjoyable summer read set against a literary lands...
  • TeriLyn
    I enjoyed this. It's whimsical, nostalgic, illicit, peculiar, and worldly. The writing entrances you as it sweeps you to the Cape with a coming-of-age tale of a young woman discovering who she is and what she wants from life. She's weary and down trodden when the book opens which leads to questionable decisions and mistakes. It's an interesting dichotomy with this character because I didn't particularly like her but I liked her story, which makes...
  • Melissa
    2.5 starsI loved the parts of this book that had to do with books, publishing, and reading. Those parts were so few and far between. It mostly seems like a book about some love affairs, but even those were tedious, yet not even thoroughly developed at the same time. I just did not care about it. Eve and Franny are together for part of a chapter, and then they meet again at the end, there's nothing really to make me believe that they had any conne...
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    { partner | @henryholtbooks }The Last Book Party is about Eve Rosen, Jewish and a recent graduate from Brown, who feeling like her editorial assistant job is a dead end, quits and takes a research assistant job with Henry Grey a journalist for the New Yorker. Henry, his wife and artist friends summer on Cape Cod in a carefree existence. The book follows Eve through that summer which culminates in a costume party on Labor Day thrown by Henry and h...
  • Maggie (mugandnook)
    Set in the late 1980s following Eve Rosen, a recent literature grad, who dreams of one day becoming a writer and starts as an editor’s assistant at a publishing house in NYC. She becomes acquainted with a memoir writer, Henry Grey, and snags an invitation to their family’s beach house in Truro near Cape Cod. They host a semi-famous annual Book Party where guests come dressed as their favorite literary characters. Eve finds herself getting mor...
  • Megan Collins
    I loved this book so much. In addition to reminding me of summers I spent on Cape Cod, it was also such a comforting, satisfying, and entertaining read. Even better, it had so much delicious bookishness in it—fun literary allusions, scenes in libraries, entire paragraphs devoted to the incomparable pleasure of losing yourself in a book, references to the agony and thrill of writing. But this book won’t just appeal to writers alone; it’s for...