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June 30, 2016

Book Notes - Ramona Ausubel "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty"

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Ramona Ausubel's second novel Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is an imaginative and skillfully told tale of love, class, and family.

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of the book:

"Ramona Ausubel’s sparkling second novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, is packed with wisdoms. . . [this] glorious work will surely confirm her as a vibrant, memorable voice in contemporary American letters."


In her own words, here is Ramona Ausubel's Book Notes music playlist for her novel Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty:


Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty takes place from 1965 to 1976. There’s a lot of bad wallpaper, some thick mustaches and avocado colored bathroom furnishings. One of my favorite parts of writing the book was paging through era-specific photo books while listening to great music from the time period. The characters realize that their once massive wealth has disappeared and, in distress, they splinter into three groups—the mother drives from Boston to California (in a cool station wagon, obviously) with a giant stranger, the father attempts to sail to Bermuda with a pretty lady and the children (who each parent believes are being taken care of by the other) are fending for themselves in their suburban backyard. So, in addition to the music of the time, I was also thinking about road-trips and the sea and the imaginary worlds that kids build when left to their own devices. Here then, is shag carpet playlist for summer adventure.



"Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor
"Can’t Buy Me Love" by the The Beatles
"Think" by Aretha Franklin
"Hit The Road, Jack" by Ray Charles
"You Can’t Hurry Love" by The Supremes
"The Times They are A'changin'" by Bob Dylan
"Route 66" by Chuck Barry
"Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel
"Back in the High Life Again" by Steve Winwood
"Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes" by Paul Simon
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
"California Dreamin'" by the Mamas & Papas


Ramona Ausubel and Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty links:

the author's website
excerpt from the book

Kirkus review
Los Angeles Times review
Minneapolis Star Tribune review
Publishers Weekly review
San Francisco Chronicle review

Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for A Guide To Being Born
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for No One is Here Except All of Us
Omnivoracious essay by the author


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