After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he's poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York and his devoted girlfriend behind for a year of study at Oxford.
Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he's always known, but he's soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he's least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself.
For readers who made a classic of Richard Yates's A Good School, Charles Finch's The Last Enchantments is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century.
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"Starred Review. A vividly evocative love letter to his alma mater, Finch's first contemporary novel (following his acclaimed historical Victorian mysteries starring MP Charles Lenox) often reads less like fiction than as memoir, and will be enjoyed by readers of both." - Library Journal
"Despite his political savvy, Will proves emotionally immature, falling in and out of love quickly and then stewing in self-pity. His lovesAlison, Jess, and Sophiecome across as charming young women who deserve better." - Publishers Weekly
"A portrait of university life that's contemplative and nostalgic." - Kirkus
"Compelling ... William Baker's voice, vividly established in the opening line, is the most striking of this novel's many virtues." - Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena
"Irresistible ...The novel bursts with intelligence and wit as Charles Finch brilliantly examines our most secret longings and desires... The Last Enchantments casts an enduring spell." - Amber Dermont, author of The Starboard Sea>
"A witty, wonderful book about that tender age between college and true adulthood. Charles Finch's sensitive, lyrical and heartfelt writing charms to the very last page." - Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings
"Intense, fast-paced, psychologically intriguing, and wonderfully written, Will finds not only Sophie, the complicated, captivating woman who takes his heart and an unsettling group of friends, but over the course of a disturbing and entertaining year, he finds himself in surprising ways." - Susan Richards Shreve, author of You Are the Love of my Life
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Charles Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mystery novels. His first standalone novel, The Last Enchantments, about a group of students at Oxford University, was published in January of 2014. Charles Finch was born in 1980 in New York City. He graduated from Phillips Academy and Yale University where he majored in English and History. He also holds a master's degree in Renaissance English Literature from Merton College, Oxford. He is the grandson of American artist and writer Anne Truitt. He lives in Oxford, England.
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