'What are you feeling so anxious about? I'm the guy who has to go out there and lose.''That's what I don't like.
That's what you don't realise. It's harder on the rest of us.''I'm sure it must be,' he said. Tolstoy claimed: 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way'.
But what if the happy families are actually the most unusual of all?Paul Essinger is a mid-ranking tennis professional on the ATP tour.
His girlfriend Dana is an ex-model and photographer, and the mother of their two-year-old son, Cal.
Together they form a tableau of the contented upper-middle-class New York family.
But summer storms are blowing through Manhattan, and Paul's parents have come to stay in the build-up to the US Open.
Over the course of the weekend, several generations of domestic tension are brought to boiling point . . . What does it mean to be a family? To be an individual? And how do we deal with the responsibilities these roles impose upon us?
A Weekend In New York intertwines the politics of the household and the state to forge a luminous national portrait on a deceptively local scale.
Recalling some of America's most celebrated novelists - this is John Updike's Rabbit for a new generation - Benjamin Markovits' writing reminds us of the heights that social realism can reach.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/06/2018
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571338054