""Meritocracy" is a dramatic, riveting novel of our times."--Elizabeth Hardwick
It is the end of the summer of 1966 and a small group of friends, recent Yale graduates, gather in a Maine summer cottage to say good-bye to one of their own, Harry Nolan, who is joining the Army. Harry and his bride Sascha represent to their friends the apex of their generation. Sascha has men falling for her "up and down the eastern seaboard," and Harry, a rich and fearless Californian, son of a senator, has his friends convinced that he will one day be president. That is, until their love and Harry's ambition unleash a spiral of events that becomes as fateful for all the characters as it is emblematic of the times they grew up in. Meritocracy is the story of a generation when it was young, caught at the moment when history arrived to exact a tragic and inevitable price.
About the Author
Jeffrey Lewis is a Research Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy's Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.
“Meritocracy is a dramatic, riveting novel of our times.”
Meritocracy: A Love Story is the story of a generation when it was young, caught at the moment when history arrived to exact a tragic and inevitable price. It is the end of the summer of 1966 and a small group of friends, recent Yale graduates, gather in a Maine summer cottage to say good-bye to one of their own, who is about to leave for Vietnam. Meritocracy is a book for all those of the postwar generation who have mourned the loss of their true “best and brightest,” and who regret how the life of their nation, so brightly and hopefully imagined by themselves when they were young, and now entrusted to their care, has come to be diminished.
“A paean to lost youth and hopes.”
The Portland Phoenix
“A smart and heartfelt trip…Endow[s] the figure of Harry Nolan with the weight of a generation’s regret.”
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
“A beautiful book: evocative and immeasurably sad.”
Robert Ward, Author of Red Baker
“Shot through with high intelligence and deep feeling, the novel perfectly balances its several tones—lyrical, ironic, and sweet, against the foreboding gravity of the Viet-Nam War. A book that delivers both intellectually and emotionally, Meritocracy is a wise and moving debut.”