The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
Three college friends, Victor, Nathaniel and Kezia, are dealing with life in the real world to varying degrees of success. Each thought their lives would be different by now; they would be happier, more successful, etc. But reality just isn’t what they dreamed.
At the wedding of another college friend the trio attends Victor finds himself learning all about the jewelry collection of the mother of the groom. She shares her secret hiding place as well as the story of a fantastic missing necklace possibly still hidden in a French chateau during the Nazi occupation. Then, sadly, she passes away a day or two after the wedding. The newlyweds are convinced Victor knows where the family jewels are kept but he denies all knowledge. Victor has become obsessed with locating the necklace in France, for once in his life he is going to stay focused and complete a project!
This is a quirky story about lost souls stuck in a rut spurred out of their comfort zone. Victor is convinced the necklace is THE necklace referred to in the family short story by Guy de Maupassant’s famous short story. Nathaniel and Kezia are sure he is making a huge mistake and race across the French countryside to save him from himself. All three are at crossroads in their lives needing to reevaluate the path life has taken and think about heading in another direction.
Readers in their twenties will enjoy this book, as will anyone who ever took a chance on a dream, regardless of how it turned out. It’s the journey not the destination right?
A good choice on audiobook – especially since the short story The Necklace is included at the end.