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File this one un­der “romp with a brain.” The es­say­ist be­hind the best­selling I Was Told There’d Be Cake brings her sharp eye and sharper wit to The Clasp, a funny, fun ca­per about three col­lege friends—just-laid-off Vic­tor, strug­gling-screen­writer Nathaniel and chained-to-her-crazy-boss Kezia—who go in search of the “real” piece of jew­ellery men­tioned in the clas­sic short story “The Neck­lace.” WHAT IT’S ABOUT “It’s a com­edy of man­ners—a love tri­an­gle that morphs into an adventure story.” WHAT IT’S NOT “This isn’t about three writ­ers sit­ting some­where in Brook­lyn talk­ing about the in­er­tia of their lives.” WHAT IN­SPIRED IT “I had just quit my job to write a novel; I had all these notes, but I didn’t know where they were go­ing to go. I was sit­ting in my apart­ment look­ing through an­tholo­gies, and I picked up one that had ‘The Neck­lace’ in it. I was sur­prised by how con­tem­po­rary it felt and how I felt for these char­ac­ters.” WHAT YOU’LL GET OUT OF IT “The book is, in a lot of ways, about want­ing to have an ob­ses­sion—a sin­gle ob­ject that you can re­ally hang your en­tire emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual hat on. It would be great to find that, but not ev­ery­one has one, and that’s what Vic­tor’s strug­gle is in the book. He’s not in­tensely mo­ti­vated by any­thing. Kezia, mean­while, was mo­ti­vated by some­thing but gave it up when she de­cided she’d rather be a big fish in a lit­tle pond, and it turned out that that pond is a crazy pond. Nathaniel re­ally loved lit­er­a­ture, so he popped off to Hol­ly­wood to try to make some­thing of him­self, but he can’t get any­where with what he loves be­cause it’s all su­per­fi­cial. For all of them, their en­gines have dropped out. They all know that they should want some­thing, but they don’t know what that is.”

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