Rich Boy

Rich Boy Review

Robert Vishniak is the favored son of Oxford Circle, a working-class Jewish neighborhood in 1970s Philadelphia. Handsome and clever, Robert glides into the cloistered universities of New England, where scions of unimaginable wealth and influence stand shoulder to shoulder with scholarship paupers like himself who wash dishes for book money. The doors that open there lead Robert to the highest circles of Manhattan society during the heart of the Reagan boom where everything Robert has learned about women, through seduction and heartbreak, pays off. For a brief moment, he has it all-but the world in which he finds himself is not the world from which he comes, and a chance encounter with a beautiful girl from the old neighborhood-and the forgotten life she reawakens-threatens to unravel his carefully constructed new identity.

Title:Rich Boy
Edition Language:English

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  • switterbug (Betsey)

    This is pure escapist fun without being trashy. The story's approach and focus reminds me a lot of Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar, and more than a cut above Shaw's Rich Man, Poor Man. High-end chi...

  • Nancy

    I suffered a little heartbreak last night as I turned the last page of this wonderful novel; for the first time, I had to fight the urge to go back to page one and begin again. I've enjoyed many other...

  • theda

    Will someone please read this fantastic book so I can talk to them about it?? Something of a modern Gatsby though I hate to compare anything to that perfect American classic. Pomerantz mentions Min Ji...

  • C Solis-Sublette

    A novel that follows the life of a lower middle class protagonist who eventually finds himself rich - through hard work and social connections, this novel is a great character and societal study. The ...

  • Jaqueline

    Robert Vishniak, the main protagonist, was born after WW11 in a lower middle-class Jewish family and raised in Philadelphia. His parents raised him and his younger brother, Barry, with a strong hand a...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    This is the type of novel I couldn't get enough of about 30 years ago. The saga of a self made man who manages to rise to the top of whatever pinnacle he aspires to provided much enjoyment, and in the...

  • Becky Sandham Mathwin

    A well-written page turner. Very entertaining-one of those "I couldn't put it down" sort of books. The novel follows the "trials and tribulations" of a young man from a working class family who achiev...

  • Karen Bergreen

    If Marjorie Morningstar and Free Food for Millionaires gave birth, it would be Rich Boy. I read this book in a day, a dreary rainy day. The best day I have had in months. If you like escapist epic fam...

  • Jill

    Family sagas have long been a staple among American best-sellers; the examples are wide and vast, The very predictability of the family saga genre promises an absorbing yet familiar reading experience...

  • Danna

    Rich Boy is a coming-of-age story, and it is wonderfully done. Robert grows up to poor, immigrant, penny-pinching, Jewish parents in Oxford Circle, Philadelphia. His mother Stacia is stern and stingy,...