In the well-heeled milieu of New York’s Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture.

Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies.-Entertainment Weekly

Deeply moving, hugely entertaining, utterly brilliant. As an observer of human behavior Macy rivals Tom Wolfe and Edward St. Aubyn. Mrs. is a major novel, and Macy is an essential American voice.-Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

I love novels that are both rousing and intelligent, and Mrs. was just that–a riveting, complex, and potent story of money, friendships, and family. Macy masters New York’s Upper East Side because she goes beyond the vanities and delves into its layers, its distinct voices and characters. She puts you in the territory of the well-heeled and shows their heart and soul.-Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants

If you’ve ever wondered how Edith Wharton would treat the twenty-first century Manhattan elite, look no further. Elle

Entertaining…sharply observed… Kirkus

Piercing and honest… Publishers Weekly

Impossible-to-put-down… Booklist

Opens brilliantly, with the makings of a terrific screenplay… NPR


Caitlin Macy’s debut novel The Fundamentals of Play was heralded as a Gatsbyesque examination of love and class in Manhattan. Now, in her sophisticated and provocative story collection Spoiled, Macy turns her unsparing eye on affluent and educated women who nevertheless struggle to keep their footing in their relationships and life.

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Dissects the lives of the rich and miserable with tender but surgical precision. This is what happens to gossip girls twenty years down the line.-Time

Wickedly smart, unwittingly timely…attains a wonderfully transgressive, Cheever-like honesty.-Vogue

Laser-sharp…probes the heartbreak of high expectations, the self-hatred that can go hand and hand with a ferocious sense of entitlement. Read it and squirm.-O: The Oprah Magazine

Funny, absurd familiar…Thanks to Macy’s knack for detail and clarity the stories never feel distant.-The New York Times Book Review

What Macy renders so well in these stories…is the queasy nature of self-deception.-San Francisco Chronicle

The Fundamentals of Play

Caitlin Macy’s remarkable first novel is an evocation of a time and a place in which those things that were always so dependable–money, class, family–are threatened on all sides.

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A marvel–a thrillingly intelligent, witty and tragic look at love and class in Manhattan.-Newsweek

Brilliantly portrays the onset of a new age and its ideals… [Macy’s] portrait of life in New York is realistic both in its vibrancy and loneliness.-Chicago Tribune

Macy [is] an ambitious and graceful writer… Her ye for the sparks that fly when her honed and not so honed sensibilities rub together is nearly unerring.-The New Yorker

The Fundamentals of Play is a graceful, poignant tale of thwarted love….The book works because of an all-too-rare quality in first novels–its grace.-The Hartford Courant