“… completely entertaining, wickedly funny”

closing-costs-coverClosing Costs is a page-turner that does for today’s real estate market what The Bonfire of the Vanities did for the stock market of the eighties.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
” … chronicles the wackiness of the high-buck Manhattan real estate market through the experiences of a group of New Yorkers whose lives intersect in interesting ways. It’s a fun-to-read, engaging look at how the other half lives, and buys and sells.”

USA Today
” … the deft, droll depiction of a societal moment in which walls, and lives, go up and down ‘like hemlines’ resonates even west of the Hudson.”

Tampa Bay Observer*
” … completely entertaining, wickedly funny and observant … The suspense and comedy are nicely balanced by a satisfying resolution to this delightful novel.”

New York Post
” … in New York, it’s not so much about what you do, who you date or even how you look – it’s about where you live. [Margolis is] a very funny chronicler of this absurdity, in a piece of fiction, no less.”

New York Daily News
” … a bubbling brew of booms and busts which [Margolis] spices with the bald-faced fakery of sleazy contractors, diabolical domestics and market-savvy pornographers.”

Publishers Weekly
” … well-drawn characters complement Margolis’s wry observations on Manhattan life and the ups and downs of marriage and career.”

“Fans of Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Franzen will revel in this zesty tale of penthouse envy and dot-com detumescence set in Manhattan’s lofty world of up-and-coming millionaires and down-and-out billionaires … Margolis adroitly targets New York society’s egregious excesses
with laserlike accuracy.”

When Peggy Gimmel decides to sell the apartment she bought decades ago for a few thousand dollars, she’s thrilled to discover that it’s worth almost $2 million. But her sudden windfall triggers a cascade of unexpected events and plunges her into the dizzying orbit of Lucinda Wells, one of Manhattan’s most successful and ruthless real estate agents. Peggy’s not the only one at Lucinda’s mercy. There’s the technology entrepreneur struggling to salvage his sinking company while gut-renovating his home. The socialite exiled from Park Avenue to the pull-out sofa of her parents’ West Side apartment. The illegal immigrant amassing a fortune printing money. The clueless widow trying to unload a world-class collection of fake artwork. These are just some of the characters whose lives intersect in unlikely ways, all of them nearly overwhelmed by the rocketing real estate market and the hard-charging broker who holds the keys to their futures. 

As he interweaves these often suspenseful and frequently comical stories, Margolis captures the zeitgeist of a cultural moment, keeping us turning the pages with the rise and fall of his characters’ fortunes.