This Beautiful Life

by Helen Schulman

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The controversial and explosive story of how one email can tear a family apart. From the publishers of The Slap, this international bestseller is a provocative fictional exploration of the way we live now.

This Beautiful Life Synopsis

It could happen to any family...What if it happened to yours? When the Bergamots move to the city, they're unsure how well they'll adapt. Soon though, Richard is consumed by his new job and Liz, who has given up her career, is hectically playing mother to six-year-old Coco and fifteen-year-old Jake. But the day Jake unthinkingly forwards a sexually explicit email attachment sent to him by a thirteen-year-old girl is the last day of the Bergamots' comfortable middle-class existence. Within hours, the video clip is not only all over Jake's school, but all over the city - and all over the internet. Faced with impossible choices, what Richard and Liz do next risks destroying not only their marriage, their daughter and their place in the community, but also Jake - the child they have set out to protect.

This Beautiful Life Press Reviews

'A gripping, potent and blisteringly well-written story of family, dilemma and consequence.'
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love



'One of the most gifted writers of our generation.'
Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad

'In the digital age, shame is just one click away... This Beautiful Life is a grenade of a novel: small, explosive and primed with a fizzing fuse of a premise.' - Independent on Sunday

'A phenomenon... A gripping page-turner in the mould of The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin... Shocking, clever and thought-provoking.' - Red

'An accomplished and acute novel about a family facing breakdown, with some age-old themes - money, ambition, sex, love - expertly given a contemporary and grippingly convincing twist.' - Daily Mail

'A riveting tale of the familial ties that bind us, a novel with lasting consequences; after reading it, you'll hesitate before forwarding all but the most innocuous emails.' - Irish Independent

'The wrong moment, the impulsive message, one quick touch of a key - and even the most accomplished lives can come tumbling down... As much a bracing novel as a timely cautionary tale.' - Washington Post'


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ISBN: 9780857896254
Publication date: 01/02/2013
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 01/02/2012
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857896254
Publication date: 1st February 2013
Author: Helen Schulman
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Helen Schulman

Helen Schulman is the author of the novels A Day at the Beach, P.S., The Revisionist, and Out of Time, and the short story collection Not a Free Show. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She is an Associate Professor of Writing at The New School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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