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The Gilded Cage
Givenchy gowns. Penthouse apartments. Black Escalades. Private jets. The trappings of the 1 percent may seem as enticing as they are elusive, but is there something corrosive about überwealth? The mélange of titles (five novels and a memoir) look beneath the sheen of affluence to lay bare its not-so-appealing side—say, Park Avenue as prison, or a Dickensian alternate reality perfectly drawn for our status-obsessed era—and underscore the truth that in the end, mortality gets us all.