Open Book with Karen Dukess

Another book, another beach day!  Currently dripping in a heatwave over here in Boston and when then happens you escape to a Cape- Cape Cod or Cape Ann so what better than a Cape Cod beach read.  Karen Dukess’ latest release, The Last Book Party is everything you want in a summer read.  Nostalgia, great escapes at the beach and romance.  I am so happy she is on the blog today talking all things Open Book!  Get this book into your beach bag and I promise you won’t be sorry ❤

Last Book Party jacket

via Amazon ~

*A July 2019 Indie Next List Great Read*
*One of Parade’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019*
*An O Magazine Best Beach Read of 2019*
*A New York Post Best Beach Read of 2019*

The Last Book Party is a delight. Reading this story of a young woman trying to find herself while surrounded by the bohemian literary scene during a summer on the Cape in the late ’80s, I found myself nodding along in so many moments and dreading the last page. Karen Dukess has rendered a wonderful world to spend time in.”
―Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed “Book Party”― where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess’s The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.


Dukess author photo c. Nina Subin


1.What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?


Anthony Horowitz, Anita Loos and Jane Austen. With these three in the same room, I probably wouldn’t get a word in, but the conversation would be very lively and would make me laugh a lot.


  1. Current binge series?


Younger. The parodies of book publishing are brilliant.


  1. Last favorite book?


Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin. 


  1. What 3 things do you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it?


A big novel that sweeps me away and takes days and days to read, my bicycle, and a comfortable bathing suit that looks fabulous. I’d go to Cape Cod, of course, to Truro – where The Last Book Party is set.


  1. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?


Sunday NYT, starting in this order: the magazine (for puzzles), book review, week in review.


  1. Last person you sent a text message to?


My sister Linda.


  1. Book you read that you wished you wrote?


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.


  1. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?


The leader of my writing group, the novelist and teacher Steve Lewis, helped me believe that if I kept writing even when I felt lost, I’d discover my story and complete a novel. 


  1. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?


Nope. Silence works best for me.


  1. Describe your writing space?


I wrote the first draft of The Last Book Party at a lovely café, Patisserie R, in New Rochelle, New York, about a mile from my house. It’s a magical place – it’s tiny, but I always find a table and they don’t care how long I sit there. If I’m not there, I write at home, either in my very cluttered office or at the kitchen table. When I’m in Cape Cod, I write in my mother’s studio, at a desk that looks out on rolling hills and the harbor and bay in the distance.


  1. Coffee or tea?


Both. Skim latte in the morning and tea anytime thereafter.


  1. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?


I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. 


  1. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?


The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.


  1. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?


Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt, because it applies to everything – marriage, friendships, your own doubts and wishes.


  1. What/Who inspires you?


My husband, for his creativity and can-do attitude. 


  1. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?


No. I have no patience for the way reality shows are edited – too manipulative.


  1. Favorite Instagram account?


@thewoodenwhaleco, the account of a Cape Cod artist who hand carves incredible wooden whale sculptures. The videos of him at work are mesmerizing.


  1. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? 


Marjorie Morningstar – a classic, true red.


  1. Current #TBR pile?


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins; The Guest House by Sarah Blake: The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature by Viv Groskop.


  1. Best advice you’ve ever received?


“Let the story reveal itself.” It was advice about writing, but it’s good life advice too.


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