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The End of Men: A Novel
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A Refinery29 Best Book of the Year

The novel that inspired the acclaimed Rebecca Miller film Maggie's Plan, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, and Greta Gerwig.

Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are women who aren't afraid to take it all. Whether spearheading a pregnancy lingerie company, conspiring to return a husband to his ex-wife, lusting after an old lover while in a satisfying marriage, or trying to balance motherhood and work—they are sexy, determined, and not looking for a simple happily ever after. Through punchy, hilarious, and insightful storytelling, The End of Men shatters the confines of society, and more importantly, those we impose upon ourselves.

"With humor, bravery, and panache, Karen Rinaldi puts her finger straight on the tender conundrum of the female experience, where work, love, and motherhood intersect." — Rebecca Miller, director of Maggie's Plan

"Karen Rinaldi's The End of Men is in every way marvelous. A sharply drawn story—or more accurately, stories—that gets everything right. Warm hearted but painfully close to the bone. " —Anthony Bourdain

"In 1995, I wrote a short story, 'Baster,' inspired by some goings-on in my friend Karen Rinaldi's life. In 2003, that story, significantly altered, became the Jennifer Aniston-movie 'The Switch.' In 2016, another film, 'Maggie's Plan,' directed by Rebecca Miller, appeared, this time based partly on Rinaldi's unfinished novel about said events. And, now, Rinaldi has finished that novel, creating yet another version, her own version. I knew it was a good idea the first time I heard it, but I had no inkling it would prove quite so fruitful. Given the subject matter, however, how could it be otherwise? Certainly, this is a story that keeps on giving." —Jeffrey Eugenides

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"With humor, bravery, and panache, Karen Rinaldi puts her finger straight on the tender conundrum of the female experience, where work, love, and motherhood intersect." — Rebecca Miller, director of Maggie's Plan

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The novel that inspired the acclaimed Rebecca Miller film Maggie's Plan, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, and Greta Gerwig.

Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are women who aren't afraid to take it all. Whether spearheading a pregnancy lingerie company, conspiring to return a husband to his ex-wife, lusting after an old lover while in a satisfying marriage, or trying to balance motherhood and work—they are sexy, determined, and not looking for a simple happily ever after. Through punchy, hilarious, and insightful storytelling, The End of Men shatters the confines of society, and more importantly, those we impose upon ourselves.

"With humor, bravery, and panache, Karen Rinaldi puts her finger straight on the tender conundrum of the female experience, where work, love, and motherhood intersect." — Rebecca Miller, director of Maggie's Plan

"Karen Rinaldi's The End of Men is in every way marvelous. A sharply drawn story—or more accurately, stories—that gets everything right. Warm hearted but painfully close to the bone. " —Anthony Bourdain

"In 1995, I wrote a short story, 'Baster,' inspired by some goings-on in my friend Karen Rinaldi's life. In 2003, that story, significantly altered, became the Jennifer Aniston-movie 'The Switch.' In 2016, another film, 'Maggie's Plan,' directed by Rebecca Miller, appeared, this time based partly on Rinaldi's unfinished novel about said events. And, now, Rinaldi has finished that novel, creating yet another version, her own version. I knew it was a good idea the first time I heard it, but I had no inkling it would prove quite so fruitful. Given the subject matter, however, how could it be otherwise? Certainly, this is a story that keeps on giving." —Jeffrey Eugenides

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      • source: Kristin Iverson, NYLON
      • content: "This funny, cogent novel centers around four women who are determined to figure out who and what they want to be for no other reason than that they know it's a journey they deserve to be on.... Rinaldi's voice is refreshingly, relentlessly honest, and reading this feels like dousing yourself in ice cold waters. You'll feel awake, alive, and ready to take on the world."
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      • source: Anthony Bourdain
      • content: "Karen Rinaldi's The End of Men is in every way marvelous. A sharply drawn story—or more accurately, stories—that gets everything right. Warm hearted but painfully close to the bone. "
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      • source: Elizabeth Kiefer, Refinery 29
      • content: "Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are the epitome of modern, independent women.... The lively stories in this book made us laugh out loud – and also reconsider the social pressures women face in order to be thought of as 'successful' across all areas of their lives. Read it once, read it again, and gift a copy to your best girlfriend."
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      • source: Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
      • content: "Cool and hot, sweet and sharp, The End of Men is a beguiling modern tale of four self-made women who are doing it their way, and the men who're along for the ride. I read it in one sitting, without checking my phone. A novel can't possibly come more highly recommended than that."
      • premium: False
      • source: Madhulika Sikka, 52 Weeks, 52 Books, 52 (Mostly) Women
      • content: "It's a book you'll race through thinking it's a confection, but you'll find yourself coming back to its themes again and again in your daily life."
      • premium: False
      • source: Rebecca Miller, director of Maggie's Plan
      • content: "With humor, bravery, and panache, Karen Rinaldi puts her finger straight on the tender conundrum of the female experience, where work, love, and motherhood intersect."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Entertaining and insightful.... Four women support one another throughout [a] year of transition, eventually creating their own versions of balance and contentment... [with] perceptive observations on modern motherhood and womanhood."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Post
      • content: "Hilarious and clever."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bust Magazine
      • content: "The novel's strength lies in its representation of situations and attitudes that defy traditional ideas of motherhood.... Rinaldi inspires empathy for her characters; these situations feel real."
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      • source: Elizabeth Lesser, bestselling author of Broken Open and Marrow
      • content: "I love all of the women in Rinaldi's novel—Isabel, Anna, Beth, Maggie. Having grown up in a world of women—women who compete with each other, love each other, mother together, navigate life together—I found it thrilling to read a book that is unapologetically about women and our intertwined lives and essential friendships."
      • premium: False
      • source: Betsy Lerner, author of The Bridge Ladies
      • content: "In Karen Rinaldi's coy and sprawling novel men still matter. Only we see them through the eyes of four brilliant and fierce women for whom having it all is very much a work in progress. Anna, Beth, Isabel and Maggie collectively are like the phases of the moon: hormonally, emotionally and romantically attuned. Expertly woven together, their voices become a New York City tableau of marriage, children, life, death, careers, pregnancy tests, love and, um, men."
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        April 17, 2017
        Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are women living in New York City, each at a pivotal crossroads. Isabel is pregnant and loves her husband, but still feels a deep pull towards an old friend. Anna is unhappy with her work-life balance, but can’t figure out how to make time to be more present for her husband and two young children. Beth is dealing with the slow decline of her ex-husband and father of her child, who is fighting the AIDS virus, as well as mysterious threats against her business that specializes in lingerie for pregnant and nursing women. And Maggie is realizing that her partner, who left his first wife after an affair with Maggie, is not the man she wants. The four women support one another throughout this year of transition, eventually creating their own versions of balance and contentment. Rinaldi’s debut is uneven, with some forced dialogue and excessive exposition that at times distracts from perceptive observations on modern motherhood and womanhood. Though each woman’s situation is interesting on its own, the opportunity for exploring the nuances of the relationships is lost with Rinaldi attempting to pack so many characters and story lines into one novel. An entertaining and insightful concept that suffers from rough execution. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management.

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      • source: Kirkus
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        April 1, 2017
        Four New York women juggle family and career, generally preferring the latter to the former."Did you see that article in the paper the other day? A scientist in Australia found a way to fertilize eggs without sperm....It's the end of men," reports Maggie, one of four gal pals at the center of Rinaldi's uninspired debut. Maggie, Beth, and Anna work for a company called Red Hot Mama, a manufacturer of controversial sexy lingerie for pregnant and nursing women, the ongoing target of angry demonstrations and threatening mail. Anna's sister, Isabel, is an associate publisher at a magazine called Pink. Barely pregnant, she learns that her boss thinks "we should hire women who are either too old to get pregnant or too ugly to get knocked up--haha!" When she calls Anna to report this, Anna tells her not to worry. "The feeling that the world will no longer value you because you are going to be a mother will disappear once you realize that you'll get better at your job because the bullshit will become meaningless and will roll off your back." If you have a low tolerance for clunky, didactic dialogue, this is not the book for you; dated-feeling feminist ideas take precedence over both character development and plot. Isabel's husband is out of town a lot so she cheats on him with an ex throughout her entire pregnancy. Anna is really angry because her husband doesn't help enough with the kids and she's pregnant again. Beth is raising a kid on her own as the HIV-positive father approaches his demise. Then there's Maggie, who, like the protagonist of the movie Maggie's Plan, has gotten sick of the man she stole from his first wife and is now plotting to give him back. According to the author's note, she had given up on this novel when she narrated part of its plotline to director Rebecca Miller, who made it into a movie. This is now considered a selling point of the book, printed on the cover and discussed in a foreword, though it's not clear why.Creates more sympathy for its male characters than its female ones.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        May 1, 2017
        Isabel, Beth, Anna, and Maggie are four mothers trying to have it all. With high-profile jobs and demanding family lives, they often lean on one other as sounding boards set against the bustling backdrop of Manhattan. Isabel works at a glamorous magazine, Maggie is a freelancer, and Beth and Anna founded a maternity-lingerie store, Red Hot Mama. When the store's latest ad campaign goes viral and becomes the target of bad press, the women are spurred into action. Amid temptations, triumphs, and tragedies, the friends discover that their shared bonds are the source of untold strength. Fans of Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It (1992) and Elisabeth Egan's A Window Opens (2016) will enjoy this glimpse inside the lives of women struggling to do everything right. Rinaldi draws from her own experience as an accomplished publisher to imbue the novel with true-to-life drama, grounding each woman's story in gritty detail. By using modern media to ask age-old questions, Rinaldi has crafted an incisive yet tender look at the high points and heartbreak of motherhood.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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