The Last Book Party is one of the most highly anticipated novels of the summer.
"A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess's The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice."
It's the summer of 1987 and so far Eve Rosen's life is in the toilet. Then she gets the opportunity to go to an early summer fete at the Cape Cod of famed writers, Henry Gray and his wife Tillie, a New Yorker writer and poet respectively. Enamored with the party and the guests, she sees and is immediately smitten with the Gray's son. And just when she thought the summer couldn't get better, she is offered a job as Henry Gray's research assistant which gets her closer to her career goals as well as his son, and it also gets her an invitation to the exclusive Book Party the Gray's host each summer where all the guests dress as literary characters.
Everyone who is anyone in New York City is at the party and Eve is enamored with the guests, the food, the drinks, the excess. Just when she thinks life is finally turning around for her she discovers truths that are nearly impossible to believe. Everything she thought she knew about the literary world and the who's who of New York City gets turned upside down, and Eve discovers that not everything that glitters is gold.