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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

In the Drink (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jeremy Thrane (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Epicure's Lament (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Man (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astral (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Cruise (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome Home, Stranger (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Blue Plate Special (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Cook a Moose (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Bitch in the House(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bitch Is Back(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why I Like This Story(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Kate Christensen is an American author of fiction. She enjoys writing fiction as well as nonfiction and lives in Portland, Maine.

She first became a published author with the release of her debut novel in 1999. Two years later, Christensen’s second book was released, titled Jeremy Thrane. The Epicure’s Lament came out in 2004 and three years later, her book The Great Man was released. It was followed by Trouble, The Astral, and The Last Cruise.

Her book The Great Man received an award in 2008, the PEN/Faulkner Award. In addition to writing books both fictional and nonfictional, she has written various essays and reviews that have been published in print in magazines, online, and in the paper in places such as O, Elle, Bookforum, the New York Times Book Review, and Gilt Taste, to name a few.

Christensen also pens a column for The Wall Street Journal that is all about alcoholic drinks. It is called “With a Twist”. Her nonfiction books started off with the publication of Blue Plate Special in 2013. The book is an unashamed look at all of the food that Kate loves to eat and also a memoir about her childhood and upbringing as well as the road to happiness, with plenty of meals and food shared along the way.

In the Drink is Kate Christensen’s first fictional novel. This debut onto the writing scene proves why Christensen is so popular and perhaps the voice of single women living in the city (besides Carrie Bradshaw). This compassionate novel stars the main character of Claudia Steiner.

Steiner never dreamed that her life could become such a total disaster. Like any young woman, she had vague ideas about how her life would go. She is now twenty-nine years old, and she finds that she isn’t exactly in the place that she thought she would be. Now she is in a dead-end job working as a secretary to a socialite that may be genuinely crazy or at least emotionally disturbed on some level.

The aging socialite continues to order her around and even goes so far as to tell Claudia what she should do while sitting on the toilet. This is not your ordinary secretary job, that is for sure. Not only that, but this horrid woman seems to have perfected the craft of serving passive aggressive remarks designed to cut someone down to size.

On top of all of that, she also expects that Claudia will act as the ghostwriter for her novels, which have sold lots of copies in the past. This woman is totally insufferable and uses Claudia not so much as a personal secretary but a personal servant.

But things aren’t that bad, because even though her job is patently the worst, it allows her enough money to ride in cabs all over town (no cheap feat), go out to bars and drink cocktails that are way overpriced with her friends, and get some takeout from time to time. However, her lifestyle is a little bit funded by falling behind on her rent from time to time in an apartment that has its fair share of bugs and roaches.

Her phone continues to ring with the calls of creditors and when it comes to her love life, it isn’t that much more of an improvement over her financial life. She loves her best friend, and he might not even be into women. The corporate lawyer is cute and they have known each other for a while now. To top things off, she continues to be annoyed the pursuit of an old lover. He is not only a poet that has never been published but married to boot.

Claudia can only rely on her sense of humor to keep her mood up as well as her belief that whiskey truly does have the medicinal properties required to mend her heart. Now she must believe in herself and try to find a way to have a happy ending in the middle of all of the chaos that is her life.

Is she going to work it all out, or will Claudia collapse under the weight of her life? You’re going to have to pick up this patently charming first novel from Kate Christensen to find out!

Jeremy Thrane is the second full length fictional novel by acclaimed author Kate Christensen. The main character of this novel is of course named the same as the book. Jeremy seems to have everything that you could ever want in life, and he’s at the top of the world.

He is successful and lives in a gorgeous apartment totally rent free as the boyfriend of a movie star. Ted Masterson is very good looking but also very in the closet, and this relationship means that Jeremy gets to live in the top floor of a Manhattan brownstone building and live a life of luxury. His job is easy enough that it gives him tons of time to pursue his hobbies, like reading and writing a novel.

It’s sort of like a homosexual version of the life that the male writer has in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He loves his life with Ted and feels that really life could not get any better. But when a columnist that deals in gossip hears Jeremy speaking about Ted, it may just be the catalyst for this immaculate world to begin to crumble.

So it does; even though he never meant to hurt anyone, Jeremy is asked to leave the apartment by Ted. But Jeremy thinks that it may be due to another man entering the picture rather than his need to hang out with his wife and his daughter. He has no choice but to leave and take his books and his bird Juanita and manuscript with him.

Jeremy chooses to reconnect with his family and friends and people who he has kind of taken for granted along the way. In the world of New York where the restaurants and the clubs and the art are always the coolest, Jeremy must discover what it is to really live a good life that you love. Read this book to enjoy all of Christensen’s writing for yourself!

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