The Smash-Up

The Smash-Up by Ali Wade Benjamin ’92, published by Random House in February, incorporates names and elements of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome into a thoroughly modern story of political resistance, #metoo allegations, progressive parenting, and marriage in a small town. The Smash-Up is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family in distress, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.