Book review: Group: Six People in Search of a Life
February in New York: Manhattan is under snow, while the salt trucks try hopelessly to melt the ice. In an office somewhere on University Place, tucked away between the bohemia of Greenwich Village and the brash consumerism of Union Square, a man in a suit opens the door to six strangers, one by one. They take their seats in a ring, terrified to make eye contact. Their leader is crisply tailored, professional, and authoritative in manner. The most important rule, he tells them, is fearless honesty.
On the surface the strangers seem to be successful professionals-an editor, a Wall Street multimillionaire, a rock musician, a clinic director, an accountant, a Broadway producer-but all of their lives, says the man in the suit, are just “false stories.” They have one year to cast off the self delusion, to reinvent themselves, to write their true stories. And the clock is ticking away.