Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style: A Novel (Hardcover)

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When uber-rich Yalie Farrell Covington spots middle-class New Jersey freshman Nate Reminger across a crowded theater club, it’s the beginning of a crazy relationship that spans decades and continents. No one can keep them apart, only many try, from Covington’s villainous Wichita family, to Hollywood, and AIDS. I really enjoyed how Rudnick included elements of his own life into the story, reflected through a funhouse mirror. Sister Act becomes Habit Forming; see if you can spot them all! Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style veers into madcap and perhaps far-fetchedness, but it is always entertaining, ultimately moving, and much like Rudnick’s play Jeffrey (translates to I Dare You in this novel), uncompromising.

— Daniel Goldin


“A case study in elegant, honest tragicomedy…by the genuinely hilarious Paul Rudnick” (Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author) that follows the decades-long, rule-breaking romance between the son of one of America’s wealthiest families and a middle-class aspiring author.

Devastatingly handsome and insanely rich, Farrell Covington is capable of anything and impossible to resist. He’s a clear-eyed romantic, an aesthete but not a snob, self-indulgent yet wildly generous. As the son of one of the country’s most powerful and deeply conservative families, the world could be his. But when he falls for Nate Reminger, an aspiring writer from a nice Jewish family in Piscataway, New Jersey, the results are passionate and catastrophic.

Together, the two embark on a unique romance that spans half a century. They are inseparable—except for the many years when they are apart. Moving from the ivy-covered bastion of Yale to New York City, Los Angeles, and eventually all over the world, Farrell and Nate experience the tremendous upheaval and social change of the last fifty years. From the freedom of gay life in 1970s Manhattan to the Hollywood closet, the AIDS epidemic, and the profound strides of the LGBTQ+ movement, this witty and moving novel shows how the world changes around us while we’re busy doing other things.

Written with “engaging wit, side-eyed perceptiveness, and barbed elan” (Michael Chabon), this modern classic proves that style has its limits, love does not.

About the Author

Paul Rudnick is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His plays have been produced on and off Broadway and include Jeffrey, I Hate Hamlet, Regrets Only, and The New Century. He is the author of seven books, and his writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity FairVogueEsquire, and more. His screenplays include Addams Family ValuesCoastal ElitesIn & OutSister Act, and the film adaptation of Jeffrey. Find out more at PaulRudnick.com.

Praise For…

“Tugs at the heart…Rudnick delivers [a] multiple-laughs-per-paragraph pace.” —The New York Times

“Readers rejoice! In Rudnick’s exuberant novel, style is unlimited.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A hot contender for best banter in a beach read…Prepare to be delighted.”—The Washington Post

"I loved Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style. Just ate up every word; it will make a Rudnick fan out of every reader. No funnier, wiser or more charming book will come out this year, I guarantee. So what are you waiting for? Get it!” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less and Less Is Lost

“This is precisely the novel I’ve been dying for this year, a case study in elegant, honest tragicomedy. And it’s also by the genuinely hilarious Paul Rudnick, so you know at least every other sentence is going to lay you out on your side, gasping for air, or at least another martini.” —Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Our Country Friends

“Rudnick writes with such engaging wit, side-eyed perceptiveness, and barbed elan, with such irrepressible life, that before you quite notice the shadings of loss, mortality and poignant retrospection in his new novel, they have already touched you with their power.” —Michael Chabon

“If you believe that there should be more pleasure, more style (high and low) and more genuine wit in this world, then read Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style. If you don't, I am sorry for you and if anyone cares for you, even a little, they will run out and get you this joyful and snarky, life-affirming, love-celebrating novel.” —Amy Bloom, New  York Times bestselling author of In Love

“A gay love story for the ages from one of the great comic voices of his generation…Is it a spoiler to say there are no limits? At least not to Rudnick’s ability to brilliantly elegize and entertain.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Rudnick has long been one of New York’s most puckish wits, but now he shows how wisdom can back it up.” —Airmail

“Dazzling and funny…[Rudnick] proves himself to be in top form, and each page is loaded with quippy dialogue and winning character work. This is a roaring good time.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781668004678
ISBN-10: 1668004674
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English