A deliciously funny, sharply observed debut of family, love, and class, this zeitgeisty novel follows three women in one wealthy Brooklyn clan.
Darley, the eldest daughter in the well-connected old money Stockton family, followed her heart,...Read More
Darley, the eldest daughter in the well-connected old money Stockton family, followed her heart, trading her job and her inheritance for motherhood but giving up far too much in the process; Sasha, a middle-class New England girl, has married into the Brooklyn Heights family, and finds herself cast as the arriviste outsider; and Georgiana, the baby of the family, has fallen in love with someone she can't have, and must decide what kind of person she wants to be.
Rife with the indulgent pleasures of life among New York's one-percenters, Pineapple Street is a smart, escapist novel that sparkles with wit. Full of recognizable, loveable-if fallible-characters, it's about the peculiar unknowability of someone else's family, the miles between the haves and have-nots, and the insanity of first love-all wrapped in a story that is a sheer delight.
Jenny Jackson is a vice president and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. A graduate of Williams College and the Columbia Publishing Course, she lives in Brooklyn Heights with her family. Pineapple Street is her first novel.
"In this vibrant and hilarious debut, Jenny Jackson has taken a familiar tale--siblings, family money, competing interests--and given it fresh life. What binds the book together so wonderfully is Jackson's keen understanding of the beauty and difficulty of belonging, of how our desires can clash with our inherited narrative and what happens to the people we love when we need to rewrite the story. Pineapple Street is riveting, timely, hugely entertaining and brimming with truth." --Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest and Good Company
"Jenny Jackson delivers SUCH a delicious treat with her debut novel, Pineapple Street. It delights across the board -- character (the wealthy, quirky Stockton family), setting (an insider's look at Brooklyn) and plot (a searingly honest exploration of class and privilege.) With shifting points of view and smart, laugh-out-loud observations on every single page, Pineapple Street is an instant classic." --Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hotel Nantucket
"Set in the windy, sun-dappled streets of Brooklyn Heights, Pineapple Street is a portrait of a NY family strait-jacketed by their own wealth that is at once searing, hilarious and poignant." --Miranda Cowley Heller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace
"A delicious new Gilded Age family drama--almost a satire--set in the leafy enclaves of Brooklyn Heights....A lighthearted book that captures a slice of New York society, a guilty pleasure that also feels like a sociological text, punctuated with very particular references to restaurants, preschools, nightclubs, and other pillars of urban life in 2023." --Vogue
"A witty, easy-to-devour story of wealth and love's never-ending war in the modern age." --Elle
"This witty novel about the haves and have-mores is Succession with a soul." --TIME
"Sparkling....The book is smart and sharply observed, peppered with small gems." --The Washington Post
"A smart comedy of manners... The moment when a good writer transforms an everyday detail about cheese cubes into an observation about the casual cruelties of class hierarchy -- remains as jolting as getting or throwing a pie in the face. Here's to being the thrower!" --Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
"Love is at the heart of this sparkling debut novel by Jenny Jackson, which excavates old money and contemporary problems with satiric flair." --Southern Living
"This novel...is laugh-out-loud good....Love and money have always mixed like oil and water (not well), but Jackson finds new humor and warmth in her particularly witty debut." --Harper's Bazaar