Ark by Julian Tepper
Ark by Julian Tepper
Publication Date: September 2016
Hardcover: 224 pages
Rebecca Arkin is an attorney in Manhattan. She’s grounded, driven, and successful.
Unfortunately, she’s also the granddaughter of Ben Arkin, an artist who has never sold a piece, and the daughter of Oliver Arkin, who—along with his sisters—runs a record company that has never had a hit. When a legal battle breaks out for control of the company, it falls to Rebecca to keep her family from collapsing, all while trying desperately to extricate herself from their grasp.
Told in the vein of a Wes Anderson film, Ark follows three generations of a seemingly wealthy but crumbling New York family on their way from the penthouse to the outhouse. Filled with an absurdly captivating cast of characters who are often despicable yet entirely compelling, Tepper’s sophomore novel is a wry and darkly humorous take on family dynamics.
Praise for Julian Tepper
“A novel about death, greed, family rivalry, and art, with Ark, Julian Tepper emerges as a modern hybrid of Phillip Roth and Saul Bellow.”
—Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust and The Son
“With Ark, Tepper continues to cast his wonderfully cold eye and yet warm heart to the world that is wealthy New York, specifically the Arkin clan, and brings to life a world and family that is both charming and despicable. He captures the savagery and delicacy of love, the cynicism and romanticism of the Art world, and the spiraling nature of life in general. It's a heartbreaking, amusing read, reminding most of the films of Whit Stillman.”
—Paula Bomer, author of Inside Madeleine
“King Lear via Philip Roth. Julian Tepper writes wonderfully about all his conflicted characters.”
—Teddy Wayne, author of Kapitoil and The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
About Julian Tepper
Julian Tepper is an American author, born in New York City, who has written two novels. For five years, between 2001-2006, he was a member of the music group, the Natural History; their song "Don’t You Ever", was covered and made a hit by the band, Spoon, in 2006. In 2011, he co-founded the Oracle Club, an arts club, in New York City. His first novel, Balls, was published in 2012. Ark is his second novel. He was raised in Manhattan.