The Rich People Have Gone Away

A Novel

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Pub Date 06 Aug 2024 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2024

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Description

A diverse group of New Yorkers are brought together by the search for a missing woman—in this electric novel of secrets, connection, and community.

Brooklyn, 2020. Theo Harper and his pregnant wife, Darla, head upstate to their summer cottage to wait out the lockdown. Not everyone in their upscale Park Slope building has this privilege: not Xavier, the teenager in the Cardi B T-shirt, nor Darla’s best friend, Ruby, and her partner, Katsumi, who stay behind to save their Michelin-starred restaurant.

During an upstate hike on the aptly named Devil’s Path, Theo divulges a long-held secret—and when Darla disappears after the ensuing argument, he finds himself the prime suspect. As Darla’s and Theo’s families and friends come together to search for her, with Ruby and Katsumi stepping in to broker peace, past and present collide with startling consequences.

Set against the pulse of an ever-changing city, The Rich People Have Gone Away connects the lives of ordinary New Yorkers to tell a powerful story of hope, love, and inequity in our times—while reminding us that no one leaves the past behind completely.
A diverse group of New Yorkers are brought together by the search for a missing woman—in this electric novel of secrets, connection, and community.

Brooklyn, 2020. Theo Harper and his pregnant wife...

Advance Praise

“A lush study of relationships, keen on the particulars of vast human catastrophes.”

—Raven Leilani, New York Times bestselling author of Luster

“A layer cake of suspense. Regina Porter has created a vibrantly alive portrait of several generations of New Yorkers as they fearlessly stake their anchors in the rippling sea of our era.”

 —Kashana Cauley, author of The Survivalists

"A glorious jambalaya of word, thought and feeling, Regina Porter's prose positively howls from the page. Just when you thought you didn't need another novel set in New York, you suddenly, desperately do."

 —Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Our Country Friends

“Regina Porter trains her panoramic lens on lockdown New York in The Rich People Have Gone Away, an arresting novel of race, class, food, music, and family as thrilling and dynamic as the city itself.”

—Andrew Ridker, author of Hope

“Regina Porter has written another marvel of a novel. The Rich People Have Gone Away gives the reader a spiraling cross-section of richly drawn, impeccably observed New Yorkers. . . A kind of masterpiece of human portraiture that simultaneously renders quintessential depictions of the city, of America, and of the whole world in these first fraught decades of the 21st century.”

 —Paul Harding, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Tinkers and National Book Award Finalist This Other Eden

“Wildly intelligent, brilliantly crafted, prismatic, living and breathing--a remarkable feat of sensation and humanity. Regina Porter is a marvel.”

 —Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had

“Exquisitely drawn characters, scenes that jump off the page, and international locales that'll make you want to pack a bag and go, The Rich People Have Gone Away is a novel that fearlessly defies conventions to deliver a satiating, five-star experience. A keen observer of people and class, Regina Porter has crafted an inventive, hilarious, and wholly unpredictable work full of vibrant prose and genuine tenderness. A seven-course meal that gets better and better.”

—Mateo Askaripour, New York Times bestselling author of Black Buck



“A lush study of relationships, keen on the particulars of vast human catastrophes.”

—Raven Leilani, New York Times bestselling author of Luster

“A layer cake of suspense. Regina Porter has created a...


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ISBN 9780593241868
PRICE $29.00 (USD)
PAGES 352

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