Happy Hour: A Novel (Paperback)

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With the verve and bite of Ottessa Moshfegh and the barbed charm of Nancy Mitford, Marlowe Granados’s stunning debut brilliantly captures a summer of striving in New York City.

Isa Epley, all of twenty-one years old, is already wise enough to understand that the purpose of life is the pursuit of pleasure. She arrives in New York with her newly blond best friend looking for adventure. They have little money, but that’s hardly going to stop them.

By day, the girls sell clothes on a market stall, pinching pennies for their Bed-Stuy sublet and bodega lunches. By night, they weave between Brooklyn, the Upper East Side, and the Hamptons among a rotating cast of celebrities, artists, Internet entrepreneurs, stuffy intellectuals, and bad-mannered grifters. Resources run ever tighter and the strain tests their friendship as they try to convert social capital into something more lasting than precarious gigs as au pairs, nightclub hostesses, paid audience members, and aspiring foot fetish models. Through it all, Isa’s bold, beguiling voice captures the precise thrill of cultivating a life of glamour and intrigue as she juggles paying her dues with skipping out on the bill. Happy Hour is a novel about getting by and having fun in a system that wants you to do neither.

About the Author


Marlowe Granados is a writer and filmmaker. After spending time in London and New York, she now resides in Toronto.

Praise For…


"Marlowe Granados’s Happy Hour is as refreshing as a gin fizz. It is a wild careening joyride through a hot sultry summer in New York in 2013, and it evokes that time with such sparkling specificity that you can feel the heat coming off the pavement."
—Rachel Syme, New Yorker staff writer

"A dreamy account of one heady summer, Marlowe Granados’s début is a dispatch from another land; not only New York City, but youth itself. Happy Hour is aptly titled—it’s an intoxicating book, at once heartbreaking and joyful."
—Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

"Happy Hour is filled with charm, memorable insight, and witty aperçus, adding up to the realization that life, while unfair, is antic enough to be worth all the trouble."
—A. S. Hamrah, author of The Earth Dies Streaming

"Happy Hour is such a wonderful, hilarious, pleasurably exhausting reminder of what it is to be young in a big city. It’s so much fun, a swig of a very cold martini on a balmy evening."
—Megan Nolan, author of Acts of Desperation

Happy Hour is less a conventional coming-of-age story and more a flâneuse adventure … [it’s] unique for portraying young women having fun without looming threats of moral or mortal punishment.”
—Esmé Hogeveen, GARAGE

"In Granados’s amusingly mischievous debut, a young ingenue comes to New York City from London for a summer, seeking to bury her grief over her mother’s death. By night, Isa Epley and her friend Gala Novak rub shoulders with celebrities and intellectuals. By day, they make ends meet selling clothes on consignment. This perfectly sums up a new age of innocence."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A wonderful, hilarious, pleasurably exhausting reminder of what it is to be young in a big city … a swig of a very cold martini on a balmy evening.”
—Megan Nolan

“Amusingly mischievous … a new age of innocence.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Marlowe Granados writes with a delicious joy and confidence. She conveys frivolity without being frivolous, and describes the adventures and degradations of the lives of her characters with an intelligent distance and effervescence that is such a pleasure to read.”
—Sheila Heti

“Exquisitely captures so much of young, twenty-something life … Granados has orchestrated a character and story so delicious that it makes me yearn just one night like theirs.”
—Soraya Bouazzaoui, Aurelia Magazine

“A champagne-soaked, strappy-heeled guide to a summer of indulgence … Isa narrates with the wry, whip-smart bemusement of an F. Scott Fitzgerald character who woke up in 2013 with a martini and a vintage Gucci dress.”
GQ

“Like the many cocktails sipped by our discerning narrator: effervescent, tart, and intoxicating.”
Kirkus (Starred Review)

“[A] sharp and beguiling debut … Granados’s nuanced characterization, biting observational humor and intoxicating prose make Happy Hour a delicacy to be savored, as well as a poised takedown of New York’s cultural elite.”
—Devon Ashby, Shelf Awareness

“Granados manages to capture an airy and effortless tone and her prose sparkes with dry wit on every page.”
—Emma Davey, BUST

Happy Hour is a picaresque for the glamorous and broke.”
—Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, Vulture

“A tale of the sticky, sweet heat of summer in New York City and girls living their best, champagne-soaked lives … joyously sultry, a celebration of decadent abandon in the face of distrustful men, precarious finances and unknown career paths”
—Caitlin Quinlan, AnOther

“The strength of Happy Hour is Granados’ wit and the assuredness with which she delivers on-the-nose observations and youthful wisdom.”
—Kate Mabus, USA Today

“This is Breakfast At Tiffany’s meets Girls and it’s going to be your new book obsession.”
—Sarra Manning, Red

“Brief and flighty … Granados paints New York with all of the silky glamour it deserves”
—Han Clark, Lunate

“Confident, charismatic and alive to the pleasure of observation, the voice Granados conjures in Happy Hour is a testament to the power of charm on the page.”
—Molly Fischer, New York Times

“A glitzy coming-of-age saga about two friends navigating the singular experience of getting by in New York City.”
—Juliana Ukiomogbe, Interview Magazine

“Reading Happy Hour feels like eating a shimmering, intoxicating slice of the best summer of your life, a sort of Proustian cookie that transports you back not to your childhood but to the time when you looked best in cut-off shorts and felt like your heart was made of rubber.”
—Alexandra Kleeman, Electric Literature

“Fun, decadent … a picaresque exploration of female friendship staged across a series of tableaus set in New York City during one particularly sweltering summer in the early 2010s.”
—Sophie Kemp, Nation

“Reading this book is like watching a video from the party last night and wishing you’d been there.”
—Mariah Kreutter, Soft Punk

“Marlowe Granados’ debut novel is glamorous, insightful, and most importantly, anti-work.”
—Sophia June, NYLON

“A fresh take on the party girl genre.”
—Samantha Leach, Bustle

“[Happy Hour] combines fun and glamour with Granados’s sharp sense of how moneyed society really works.”
—Alex Quicho, Bookforum

“Granados writes about clothes and style the way that Nora Ephron writes about food.”
—Jessica Jacolbe, ELLE.com

“Granados does a masterful job at touching on race and class without hitting the reader over the head with overused tropes or stale language.”
—Ama Kwarteng, Coveteur

“Effervescent … Isa’s combination of naïveté, intelligence, and panache beguiles.”
New Yorker

Happy Hour is richly written, vividly rendering a stinking city, its tangled social circles and the airy pretence of an exclusive party crowd … it is refreshing to read a book about fun and frivolity whose climax does not rely on the moralisation of peril.”
—Sarah Carson, inews

“If your days of living for perpetual glamour are now behind you (or yet to come), this magnificent debut is an excellent reminder of what it costs and how it’s done.”
—Ed Needham, Strong Words

Happy Hour is the perfect tonic … a sharp, original and intelligent take on existence’s larger themes: work, death, the meaning of life and the very structures which control it.”
—Monica MacSwan, Bad Form


Product Details
ISBN: 9781839764011
ISBN-10: 1839764015
Publisher: Verso Fiction
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English