Three- Martini Lunch follows the stories of Cliff, Eden and Miles in late 1950s New York. Cliff is a university drop out with ambitions of becoming an acclaimed author. Eden has come to New York to build a career in publishing with the hopes of one day becoming an editor. Miles is soon to graduate from Columbia, an intelligent and thoughtful young man he too has literary ambitions. The novel is written in a first person narrative that switches between each of the protagonists’ perspectives. The lives of Cliff, Eden and Miles interweave as the plot develops.
The narration feels informal and intimate with a notable difference in narration style as the novel switches to each character’s perspective. Cliff is arrogant and lazy; he is far more concerned with the acclaim a writer receives than with actually doing any writing. Meanwhile, Eden is the fresh faced and naïve graduate who works incredibly hard, but finds it challenging to build a career in a male dominated and sexist publishing industry. Whilst Miles is a very intelligent and sensitive character, his own ambitions seem somewhat smaller than Eden and Cliff’s, perhaps as a result, of his position as an African American in 1950’s America.
I found it highly enjoyable. Rindell is an author of very high calibre. She writes characters that are multidimensional and well developed. The ability to make Cliff, who is horrendously vain and selfish at points, endearing and vulnerable, is an accomplished feat. Moreover, the story has a good pace to it with many twists to the plot, the result of which makes the reader race through to the end. Rindell is also very successful at creating a sense of 1950’s New York.
I would recommend this novel to fans of modern historical fiction and contemporary fiction.
About the Author
Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. Her first novel, THE OTHER TYPIST, debuted on May 7, 2013. It has been translated into 15 languages and optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Her second novel, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH was released on April 5, 2016. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a third novel.
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