Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

Life’s larger purpose hinges not on grand plans but on the small “clasps” that hold things together and add function. The story at the heart of Sloane Crosley’s razor-sharp debut novel connects a set of college friends as they navigate a “quarter-life crisis,” and two stunning necklaces across time periods and continents. Weaving touches of philosophy and ample doses of Guy de Maupassant expertly into a suspenseful narrative structured like a treasure hunt, Crosley subtly warns us about the relevance of the famous French author’s epitaph — I have coveted everything and taken pleasure in nothing — to our lives.