Adam the King Author:Jeffrey Lewis The wedding of billionaire Adam Bloch and Maisie Maclaren is the event of the year in Clement?s Cove, Maine, a coastal village where the increasingly expansive ?cottages? of the summering elite sit side-by-side with the modest homes of working-class locals. Adam, a shy, tentative man with a terrible tragedy in his past, has, at fifty-four, reac... more »hed the moment in his life when he feels he is finally ready to live?and yet he doesn?t quite know what to do with himself. When Maisie asks for a lap pool so she can strengthen her body, debilitated by years of Hodgkin?s disease, Adam approaches his neighbor with a generous offer to buy the plot of land on which her trailer sits to make room for the pool. She refuses, and a chain of events is set in motion that pits Adam against his neighbors, the new rich against those scraping by, outsider against old-timer, in an escalating struggle that can only end in catastrophe.
Taut, startling, and dramatic, Adam the King depicts the inexorability of fate against the backdrop of the money-mad ?90s, the emptiness of raging ambition, and the fallout of the drift toward conservative politics and values.« less