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July 27, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

There’s no shortage of novels chronicling the discontents of wealthy New Yorkers. But by narrowing the focus even further — to Tribeca, a fashionable lattice of streets in lower Manhattan — Greenfeld taps into something universal with Triburbia. A hip group of dads, most of whom work in vaguely creative fields, meet every morning for breakfast and banter while glossing over the dysfunction festering in the privacy of their airy lofts: affairs, bad marriages, bad kids, accusations of fabricating a memoir, etc. These one-percenters appear to have everything, but they’re ruined by too many options; as a result, their lives end up looking like those of dissatisfied suburbanites, only a bit uglier. An accomplished journalist, Greenfeld brings a reporter’s curiosity and an artist’s empathy to his crackling, observant first novel. A-

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