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The White Elephant looms large over the quaint suburban town of Willard Park: an ornate, newly-constructed behemoth of a home, it soars over the neighborhood, dwarfing the houses that surround it. When owner Nick Cox cuts down Allison and Ted Miller’s precious red maple—in an effort to make his unsightly property more appealing to buyers—their once serene town becomes a battleground.
Praise & Reviews
“This ambitious and intriguing work about the American suburbs is perfect for fans of Ann Patchett or Meg Wolitzer.”
“A smart, riveting look at what happens to a community when competing visions of the American Dream collide and combust. Langsdorf is a keen observer of human frailty and desire and her characters are darkly funny, recognizably exasperating and deeply memorable.”
-Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest
“Langsdorf gleefully skewers small-town stereotypes, such as the sharp and ambitious real-estate agent, the suburban dad hiding a pot habit, and the sorority sister who can’t figure out how she ended up unhappy. But beneath the caricatures are deeper truths about belonging, community, and relationships. In this smartly satirical novel, the raging feud reveals much about the residents’ core values.”
“Writing with wonderful wit and precision, Langsdorf arranges her characters as thoughtfully as the tree-lined streets in their idyllic planned community. Readers will delight in the recognition of their own neighbors on these pages where primitive, territorial instincts pulse just beneath the everyday pleasantries of soccer games, barbecues and town meetings. White Elephant belongs on the bookshelf next to Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm and Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road.”
-Ann Leary, New York Times bestselling author of The Good House
“White Elephant is a terrific debut, brimming with wit, well-honed prose and sharp observations into human nature. It’s the kind of book I want to press into the hands of friends, because I know how much they will enjoy it.”
-Cristina Alger, bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife and The Darlings