Saturday, August 05, 2023

Eight books about friendships with wealth disparities

Julia Fine is the author of The Upstairs House, winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, and What Should Be Wild, which was
shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior First Novel.

[My Book, The Movie: The Upstairs House; The Page 69 Test: The Upstairs House]

Fine's third novel, Maddalena and the Dark, was released in June 2023. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives with her family.

At Electric Lit Fine tagged eight titles about friendships with wealth disparities, including:
Devotion by Madeline Stevens

Can an employer be a friend? That’s the question Ella must ask herself when her relationship with Lonnie, whose child she’s hired to take care of, begins to blur professional lines. Both women are the same age, yet Lonnie has everything—a brownstone, an adoring husband, luxurious vacations—while Ella is literally scrounging for her next meal. Ella’s fascination with Lonnie curdles into obsession, and while her digging around leans somewhat Single White Female, her fixation on Lonnie’s expesnive skincare products is totally understandable.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: Devotion.

The Page 69 Test: Devotion.

--Marshal Zeringue