Private Meansby Cree LeFavour
Spanning the course of a single summer, Private Means is acclaimed memoirist Cree LeFavour’s sumptuous fiction debut — a sharply observed comedy of manners and a moving meditation on marriage, money, and loss
With their daughters fully grown and their relationship fraying, Upper West Side-based couple Alice and Peter are further devastated when Alice’s beloved dog, Maebelle, goes missing. As Alice mourns the loss of her dog and struggles with her own infidelity, we witness Peter’s psychiatric ethics unraveling as he lusts for a young patient. Unspoken tensions rise to the surface as Peter and Alice escape the heat of New York City to visit wealthy friends in the Hamptons, on Cape Cod and in the Berkshires.
At once dark, funny, sexy and suspenseful, Private Means is a rare find: a tart literary indulgence with depth and intelligence.
“This feels like an Ian McEwan novel. Served on a bed of Cheever. I can’t offer higher praise than that. But written by a woman… which is even better.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
“Private Means is a lacerating, laser-eyed look at love in its countless manifestations. If I tell you it’s a story of devotion, betrayal, rage, desire, redemption, and the search for a lost dog, that’s only a partial account of the infinitely complex, exquisitely painful surgery Cree LeFavour performs on the human desire to love and be loved.”—Michael Cunningham
“This feels like an Ian McEwan novel. Served on a bed of Cheever. I can’t offer higher praise than that. But written by a woman…Which is even better.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
“A riveting account of a ‘particular kind of crazy’ … This is a courageous and unsettling memoir, infused with humor as well as pain, and marked throughout by a survivor’s wry insight.”—Daphne Merkin, New York Times Book Review
“This gritty account of a woman’s struggle with self-abuse describes nearly gothic suffering. It is also a love story about a dedicated and gifted analyst and his difficult but equally gifted patient. Courageous and unsettling, LeFavour’s memoir is infused with humor and wry insight as well as pain.”—New York Times
“Eloquent, irreverent, graphically precise.”—Vulture
“Cree LeFavour uses the force of her blisteringly stark, mesmerizingly self-aware prose to not only unearth her own demons, but also equip the reader with the language to articulate our own as well.”—HarpersBazaar.com