The Winner

By Teddy Wayne

A razor-sharp novel that skewers the life of the uber-rich in the vein of The White Lotus, with shades of The Talented Mr Ripley and The Graduate

A gripping, provocative, and delightfully shocking novel’ Nathan Hill

Conor is a recent graduate from a law school no one has heard of. Without any job prospects and needing to support his chronically ill mother, he takes a summer job teaching tennis at the affluent gated community of Cutters Neck, Massachusetts. One of his first students is Catherine, a magnetic divorcée keen to hire him for more than advice on her serve. What begins as a transactional arrangement soon develops into an intoxicating sexual relationship.

Things become even more complicated when Conor encounters Emily, with whom he has his first taste of real intimacy. Against his better judgment, he soon finds himself living a double life that inevitably leads to disaster.

Conor knows how hard it is to win against those with money and power. In his fight for survival, he has to put emotion aside and play with only his wits – after all, in tennis, love means nothing.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 06 Jun 2024
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-00-865615-7
Teddy Wayne is the winner of a Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA Writing Fellowship, among other honours. He’s a former New York Times columnist and is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

”'A timely, topical novel that still somehow feels like a classic” - Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River

'A riveting novel about how to have the rich and eat them, too. Sexy, breathless, and brutal' Julia May Jonas, author of Vladimir -

”'The Winner is a harrowing romp through the bedrooms of the rich and entitled. A gripping, provocative, and delightfully shocking novel” - Nathan Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Nix

”'No one writes male characters (and their flaws) like Teddy Wayne” - LitHub

Praise for Teddy Wayne: -

”'Teddy Wayne has an uncanny ability to teleport to another location and inhabit the people who live there… Wayne skillfully shows us every disturbing and obsessive moment” - Meg Wolitzer

”'One of those uncommon novels that really is novel” - Jonathan Franzen

”'The rare page-turner that always maintains its dignity as a moving portrait of loneliness and longing” - Joshua Ferris

”'Wayne’s writing is spiky and electric…it reminded me of the early work of Jeffrey Eugenides” - The New York Times Book Review

”'Subtle, fascinating. . . Wayne excels at creating a narrator both observant of his surroundings and deluded about his own feelings . . . A careful meditation on class and power” - Publishers Weekly

”'A sharp, funny novel… Wayne is an inheritor, too, of Vonnegut's style-winkingly funny, brisk, broadly satirical” - LA Times

”'The genius is hard to miss” - Los Angeles Review of Books

”'Brilliantly terrifying… Teddy Wayne has written a masterclass on the privilege found in white male narcissism” - Electric Literature