I grew up on Long Island, New York, but I love New York City! I lived there through most of the 80s while attending college and I can tell you, after reading Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s new novel, THE RAMBLERS (William Morrow), she loves New York City with all of her heart, too! Her novel is a love letter to the city she grew up in, the way Woody Allen’s early movies are visual homages to Manhattan. (Put that other “stuff” aside.)
THE RAMBLERS is about a group of three young Manhattanites who struggle to find themselves over the course of one life changing Thanksgiving weekend. In an interview with Shelf-Awareness, Rowley says E.B. White’s, HERE IS NEW YORK, was the primary inspiration for THE RAMBLERS, “No other author captures this magical place like White did.”
In THE RAMBLERS, Clio Marsh is dealing with the suicide of her mother. Smith Anderson in the wake of heartbreak, is in the midst of planning her sister’s wedding. Their friend, Tate Pennington, newly separated, moves from San Francisco to New York, after just hitting big money with an app.
I found it interesting reading Rowley’s interview with Shelf-Awareness after finishing the novel, because it gave me some insight as to how, reading between the lines, she approached writing the book. She shared the favorite line from a book she’s read, is Joan Didion’s, THE YEAR of MAGICAL THINKING. “Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant. You can sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”
It’s interesting to note, Rowley says E.B. White’s, CHARLOTTE’S WEB changed her life. She remembers reading it with her father as a young girl and learning about human nature, life and death. She has read it to her three young daughters.
THE RAMBLERS alternates between the three main characters point-of-view. There is family tension, love and romance, self-revelation, hope and forgiveness. Rowley loves showing off her city taking readers to Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, the Waldorf, Central Park and The Ramble – the lake section of New York’s Central Park. It’s 36-acres of wild gardens where over 230 species of birds come in the Spring and Fall, 40 live year-round and its shown on the cover of the book.
THE RAMBLERS is a wonderful novel brimming with all kinds of surprises you don’t want to miss.
Photo credit: Elena Seibert
About Aidan Donnelley Rowley
Born and raised in New York City, Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, but her dream (long unconscious) was always to write. She is the author of a novel, Life After Yes; blogs at IvyLeagueInsecurities.com; contributes to The Huffington Post; and is the founder and curator of the popular Happier Hours Literary Salons. The middle of five sisters, she lives in New York with her husband and three young daughters, affectionately called “The Rowlets.”
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow publishers, we have one copy of THE RAMBLERS to give away. All you have to do to be in the drawing, is tell us what you love about New York City, or what you would like to see in NYC when you get a chance to visit. Leave your answer in the comments section and we’ll pick a winner Monday. Good luck!
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