The Hazards of Good Breeding Do we really need another novel about disgraced WASP-hood -- one more record of crack-ups at the country club? When the book is as wised… The Hazards of Good Breeding Do we really need another novel about disgraced WASP-hood -- one more record of crack-ups at the country club? When the book is as wised… Fiction
Book Review

THE HAZARDS OF GOOD BREEDING (2014)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Writer: Jessica Shattuck; Genre: Fiction

Do we really need another novel about disgraced WASP-hood -- one more record of crack-ups at the country club? When the book is as wised up and witty as Shattuck's debut, then sure we do. After graduating from Harvard, Caroline is lingering at home ''in the greater, preppier Boston area,'' where her divorced father reserves his energy for building dioramas, her brother has developed into an uncommonly skeptical 10-year-old, and her friend Rock Coughlin Jr. has been at loose ends since getting laid off by the organic farm. Though Shattuck makes too much of Caroline's liaison with a filmmaker documenting her social circle, her lively analysis of blue-blazered blues and Tupperwared dinners helps her stake out a corner of Cheever country to call her own.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints