This story about a selfish, spoiled rich boy getting his comeuppance doesn’t really cover new ground, but it’s still a great read told in Evans’ trademark lyrical prose. Readers will go from feeling contempt for Luke to rooting for him as he learns the value of hard work and making his own way in the world.
Luke is the heir to the Crisp Copy Center fortune. He lives a life of leisure and decadence — until he burns through his entire inheritance in just a single year of partying. He doesn’t want to approach his famous father for help, knowing how much the man will look down on him. So, rather than risk the shame, he takes a job as an entry-level clerk. (SIMON AND SCHUSTER, Nov., 272 pp., $19.99)