Taffy Brodesser-Akner, "Long Island Compromise"

A Legacy of Trauma: An Evening with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Taffy Brodesser-Akner as she presents her new novel, Long Island Compromise. This gripping story explores the fallout of a kidnapping in 1980 that haunts the Fletcher family for decades, unraveling their suburban paradise and exposing deep-seated traumas and secrets.


“Were we gangsters? No. But did we know how to start a fire?”

Long Island Compromise

In 1980, a wealthy businessman named Carl Fletcher is kidnapped from his driveway in a cloistered town on the nicest part of Long Island, brutalized, and held for ransom. He is returned to his wife and kids less than a week later, only slightly the worse, and the family begins the hard work of moving on with their lives, resuming their prized places in the saga of the American dream, comforted in the realization that though their money may have been what endangered them, it is also what assured them their safety, too.

But nearly forty years later, when Carl’s mother dies and the family comes home to mourn her, it becomes clear that perhaps nobody ever got over anything, after all. Carl has spent the ensuing years secretly seeking closure to the matter of his kidnapping, while his wife, Ruth, has spent her potential protecting her husband’s emotional health. And their three grown children are each a mess, as well: Nathan’s chronic fear won’t allow him to advance at his law firm; Beamer, a Hollywood screenwriter, will consume anything—substance, foodstuff, women—in order to numb his own perpetual terror; and Jenny has spent her life so bent on proving that she’s not a product of her family’s pathology that she has come to define it. As they hover at the delicate precipice of another kind of survival, they learn that the family fortune has dwindled to just about nothing, and they must face desperate questions about how much their wealth has played a part in both their successes and their failures.

Long Island Compromise spans the entirety of one family’s history, winding through decades and generations, all the way to the outrageous present, confronting the mainstays of American Jewish life: tradition, the pursuit of success, the terror of history, fear of the future, old wives’ tales, evil eyes, ambition, achievement, boredom, orgies, dybbuks, inheritance, pyramid schemes, right-wing capitalists, beta-blockers, and the mostly unspoken love and shared experience that unite a family forever.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the author of two novels: Fleishman Is in Trouble, which she adapted into an Emmy-nominated limited series for FX, and Long Island Compromise. She lives in New York City.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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Friday, July 12, 2024 - 5:00pm EDT
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