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The Privileges

Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2011 book
US Doubleday (Ed. Jennifer Smith)
UK Constable & Robinson

Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have two children before Cynthia reaches the age of twenty-five. Adam is a rising star in the world of private equity and becomes his boss's protégé. With a beautiful home in the upper-class precincts of Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful. But the Moreys' standard is not the same as other people's. The future in which they have always believed for themselves and their children - a life of almost boundless privilege, in which any desire can be acted upon and any ambition made real - is still out there, but it is not arriving fast enough to suit them. As Cynthia, at home with the kids day after identical day, begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a decision that tests how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family's happiness and to recapture the sense that, for him and his wife, the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.

The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other. Lyrical, provocative, and brilliantly imagined, it is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it.


Audio Rights


The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.

Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for The Privileges


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Scintillating... Dee describes his characters with a quicksilver grace... [He] is a remarkably skilled portraitist with a rare talent for rendering his characters' points of view with deep empathy.
Washington Post

The Privileges is verbally brilliant, intellectually astute and intricately knowing. Richard Ford
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Mr. Dee has given us a cunning, seductive novel about the people we thought we’d all agreed to hate. Jonathan Franzen
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The Privileges is a pitch perfect evocation of a particular strata of New York society as well as a moving meditation on family and romantic love. The tour de force first chapter alone is worth the price of admission. Jay McInerney
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Dee's luminous prose never falters; he's a master.
Entertainment Weekly

Buoyant...thoughtful and bracingly unpredictable.

Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk.
Publishers Weekly starred review

"Graceful, articulate and perceptive, and often hilariously funny..."
New York Times Book Review