The 28-year-old author’s mystery centers on a debaucherous, snowy weekend in a New England mansion as ten 20-somethings come together to celebrate a wedding, only to be shattered by the life-changing events that unfold. The book is about the power of friendship as these men and women come together, bonded by an event they can never forget.
Berman sees the story as commentary on the cultural shift in America, as women in the wake of the #MeToo movement are finding their voices again.
“Women are so strong, and they cope with so much trauma,” says Berman. “This book is about finding ways to grapple with those wounds, and about how resilient women can be when faced with harrowing experiences.”
The story and its characters are inspired by the world in which the author grew up, and offers a glimpse into the world of the ultra-rich. Berman’s writing is influenced by a diverse set of authors, from Marilyn Robinson to Mary McCarthy to Agatha Christie.
“Money was as addictive as a drug; when you’d had it your entire life, you didn’t know how to live without it. There was the useless distraction of endless travel and the ease of spending money on bills you would never see. That was what you had for yourself. People talked a big game about how sad it was when one of them overdosed or fell out of the window at a party or left them all for dead, but it wasn’t sad. It was a foregone conclusion. They were all Kendall Roy: none of them would ever be able to get out of their own way,” Berman writes.
Elizabeth Evans, who has narrated series including Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass and Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, will narrate I Eat Men Like Air for the Originals program.
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