The Fortunate Ones: A novel

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“Plucked from the wrong side of the tracks, Charlie is given the chance to attend Yeatman, a boys’ school where the best families of Nashville send their sons. This is where Nashville society’s future power-brokers get their start, and though Charlie feels out of place, handsome, charming Arch Creigh takes him under his wing. Arch, along with uber-wealthy Jamie and Vanessa Haltom, give Charlie access to a side of Nashville he’d never seen before. His cozy inclusion gets complicated, however, when Mrs. Haltom hires Charlie’s mother as an assistant and installs them both in the family carriage house. New alliances form, and when an explosive secret comes to light, Charlie sees no choice but to flee. But his connection to Arch and the Haltoms isn’t so easily severed.

Arch’s fate is gloomily sealed from page one, but Tarkington builds tension and intrigue as he lays out just how the upward trajectory of society’s golden boy went so badly awry. Charlie’s helpless love for both Arch and Vanessa shapes his own life path, and although readers might want Charlie to cut and run sooner rather than later, his magnetic draw to the people who made his life different from how it might have been is ultimately understandable. It’s not only unwise to bite the hand that feeds us–but also, sometimes, impossible.”


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Author Ed Tarkington
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Algonquin Books
Publish Date 2021-Jan-05
ISBN 9781616206802
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Issue March 2021
Category Popular Fiction
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