Sloan Crosley’s two bestselling books of essays have been called “hilarious”, “charming”, and “slightly cracked”, so it’s no surprise her first novel, The Clasp, has those qualities, too. Three college friends are now in their late twenties on a wedding weekend that turns into an adventurous romp across Europe and a play on Guy de Maupassant’s famous short story, “The Necklace,” as these millennials find all that glitters is not gold.— Richard
Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor have reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives. Kezia is the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan. Nathaniel, the former literary cool kid, is selling his wares in Hollywood, and the Eeyore-esque Victor was just fired from a middling search engine. They soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel.