"I spent the weekend reading Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz, which ended as well as it started. It’s a BIG book that evokes memories of the Herman Wouk titles where you would feel like the characters were a part of your life."
"Pomerant'z book is a noteworthy addition to that long and distinguished line of American fiction about money stretching from The Great Gatsby to The Bonfire of the Vanities."
—Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl
"This début novel does something quite rare. It manages to be both detailed and general—to tell a single story and make of it a parable, to chart the rise and fall of a representative figure in ‘the American century.’ "
—Nicolas Delbanco, author of What Remains and The Vagabonds
“Compelling, finely crafted…Pomerantz’s sweeping tale captures the intimate truths and hypocrisies of class, identity, and one man’s quintessential American experience.”
—Booklist (starred review)
"We dare you to put down this big, fat, old-fashioned drama about a poor boy who makes good—but feels bad about it."
—O (Oprah) Magazine
"This vivid morality tale is also a Magical Mystery Tour of the '60s, '70s and '80s, in which Robert wins all the prizes but pays a price."
—Susan Straight, More Magazine
"A sweeping portrait of class, sex, money and love, spanning four decades in the life of a man from a poor Philadelphia neighborhood determined to escape his past, Rich Boy is a remarkable literary feat and a noteworthy addition to the Jewish-American novel, marking the arrival of a major new talent."
—Eileen Casey, Hamptons.com
“If you want to understand what made Bernie Madoff possible, I can think of no more serious, sensitive, and intelligent novel to read than Rich Boy."
—Eileen Pollack, author of In the Mouth