The 7 Best Novels About WASPs
a book list by Tad Friend, Author of Cheerful Money
The dyed-in-the-wool Wasp tends not to write much of anything: both Isabella Stewart Gardner and J.P. Morgan displayed the maxim "Think much, speak little, write less" in their homes. And certainly that Wasp wouldn't write a revealing book. James Gould Cozzens, a Wasp novelist of a half-century ago, remarked that his father didn't "think writing was man's work. I still think he was right, if the truth were told. If I could have been a really efficient athlete, I never would have written another line." So the best books about Wasps are written by those ambivalent about the legacy, or striving to be accepted within its cozy confines, or fed up with the whole thing.
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About Tad Friend
Tad Friend is the author of Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes the magazine's "Letter from California."
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