The Hazards of Good Breeding

The Hazards of Good Breeding
The Hazards of Good Breeding
The Hazards of Good Breeding: First of all,  this richly appointed and generously portrayed debut novel tells the story of a WASPy,  old-Boston family.
A family coming face to face with an America much larger than the one it was born in.

In addition, it is told from five perspectives. This novel spans an explosive week in the life of the Dunlaps.
It culminates in a series of events that will change their way of life forever.

Furthermore, Caroline Dunlap has written off the insular world of the Boston deb parties.
Of golf club luaus, and WASP weddings that she grew up with.   She reluctantly returns home after her college graduation.  This is when she finds that not everything is quite as predictable, or protected, as she had imagined.

Her father, the eccentric, puritanical Jack Dunlap, is carrying on stoically after the breakup of his marriage.
He too, can’t stop thinking of Rosita, the family housekeeper he fired almost six months ago.

Caroline’s little brother, Eliot, is working on a giant papier-mâché diorama of their town.
Or is he hatching a plan of larger proportions?

As the real reason for Rosita’s departure is revealed,  the novel culminates in a series of events that assault the fragile, sheltered, and arguably obsolete world of the Dunlaps.

Opening a window into a family’s repressed desires and fears, The Hazards of Good Breeding is a startlingly perceptive comedy of manners that heralds a new writer of dazzling talent.
A New York Times Notable Selection and a Boston Globe Book of the Year

About the Author – Jessica Shattuck
Jessica Shattuck is the New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle, The Hazards of Good Breeding (a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award), and Perfect Life.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, and Wired, among others.  A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University.
Shattuck now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA.

 The Hazards of Good Breeding

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