Book Review: 'The Red Book' by Deborah Copaken Kogan

A tale out of school as published in the May 2012 issue

by Mary Kate Frank
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Photograph: Bryan McCay

The ever-fraught ritual of the class reunion acts as a catalyst for some serious soul searching in Deborah Copaken Kogan’s witty, astute new novel, The Red Book (Hyperion). Four friends gather for their 20th reunion at Harvard: Addison, a former lesbian now married to a sulky male novelist; Clover, anewly sacked securities broker who longs for a baby; Jane, a journalist reeling from the losses of her husband and her mother; and stay-at-home mom Mia, who regrets abandoning her dreams of acting. Each woman neatly describes her life for the alumni publication that gives the book its title, but reality is a whole lot messier. Kogan examines the ways we sabotage ourselves and makes the case that even halfway through your story, there’s time to pull off a ­reversal. 

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