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Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

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Book Summary

A propulsive, scorching modern gothic, Yes, Daddy follows an ambitious young man who is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and an idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn.

Jonah Keller moved to New York City with dreams of becoming a successful playwright, but, for the time being, lives in a rundown sublet in Bushwick, working extra hours at a restaurant only to barely make rent. When he stumbles upon a photo of Richard Shriver—the glamorous Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and quite possibly the stepping stone to the fame he craves—Jonah orchestrates their meeting. The two begin a hungry, passionate affair.

When summer arrives, Richard invites his young lover for a spell at his sprawling estate in the Hamptons. A tall iron fence surrounds the idyllic compound where Richard and a few of his close artist friends entertain, have lavish dinners, and—Jonah can’t help but notice—employ a waitstaff of young, attractive gay men, many of whom sport ugly bruises. Soon, Jonah is cast out of Richard’s good graces and a sinister underlay begins to emerge. As a series of transgressions lead inexorably to a violent climax, Jonah hurtles toward a decisive revenge that will shape the rest of his life.

Riveting, unpredictable, and compulsively readable, Yes, Daddy is an exploration of class, power dynamics, and the nuances of victimhood and complicity. It burns with weight and clarity—and offers hope that stories may hold the key to our healing.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published May 18, 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0358447712


1 review for Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

  1. Tali+Leonard

    “Yes Daddy” by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

    In “Yes Daddy”, Jonah is a young gay man who has escaped the Midwest and his parents religious beliefs after a haunting encounter with conversion therapy. He has moved to New York City to make a better life for himself. Being penniless in the city is hard. He falls in love with Richard, a successful New York City Playwright who offers Jonah the world. One summer, Richard invites Jonah to his compound and things get really twisted!

    Jonah was a character that I felt sympathy for and sometimes utter contempt for his decisions. I rooted for him because he was chasing a dream and simultaneously trying to bury his painful past. In his attempt to find love and acceptance, he ended up in an extremely dangerous situation that was difficult to get out of. The book demonstrates how difficult it can be for people to leave unsafe situations especially if they have no where to turn to.

    After so much abuse, sex and bondage, the books takes a hairpin turn into religion and forgiveness. Really?! I was not expecting that. At that point the momentum of the book plummeted for me. The ending also felt a
    little rushed. I felt like several things were thrown together to create an ending that left me with many questions. Although I sometimes enjoy books that leave the ending up to the reader this was a story that I expected to get closure from.

    3.5 stars

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