Honestly, this book had me at James Magnuson's review boasting that it, "does for publishing what Mad Men did for advertising." Being fascinated with the publishing world, this drew me right in and did not disappoint.
THREE-MARTINI LUNCH by Suzanne Rindell follows the stories of three young people living in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s. The narrative alternates between Cliff, an aspiring writer and the son of a famous publisher; Miles, another aspiring writer seeking the truth about his father; and Eden, who dreams of becoming an editor.
It's been a while since I've read a literary fiction and really enjoyed the experience. This novel takes us through the conflicts of all three characters (ranging from person v person, person v society, person v self), told from their separate points of view, all culminating in their ultimate struggle with identity. Rindell tackles some tough issues that were prevalent both at the time and today, including family, race, and gender.
There were times when I felt this book rushed through plot-points or character development too fast - which is odd, being that the book is 500+ pages. But, I felt that we missed some important narrative in the character's growth that would have added a lot to the story.
Regardless, this book kept me engaged in the complicated, frustrating, heart-warming lives of these three individuals. It really put me through a wide range of emotions that have stuck with me in the week since I've finished.