Marlowe Granados is a writer and filmmaker based in Toronto. She is The Baffler’s resident advice columnist and co-hosts The Mean Reds, a podcast dedicated to women-led films.
Her debut novel Happy Hour is a savagely flirty romp through New York City during the sweltering summer of 2013, a How to Marry a Millionaire for the millennial age, which was published in Canada in 2020 by Flying Books, and in the UK and US in 2021 by Verso Books.
“Granados crafts a picaresque of art galleries, SoHo lofts, and Hamptons mansions, deftly satirizing the wealthy without denying the value of what wealth can buy” – The New Yorker
“Confident, charismatic and alive to the pleasure of observation, the voice Granados conjures in Happy Hour is a testament to the power of charm on the page.” – Molly Fischer, New York Times
“Happy Hour is a picaresque for the glamorous and broke.” – Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, Vulture
“Marlowe Granados writes with a delicious joy and confidence. She conveys frivolity without being frivolous, and describes the adventures and degradations of the lives of her characters with an intelligent distance and effervescence that is such a pleasure to read.” – Sheila Heti
“Reading Happy Hour feels like eating a shimmering, intoxicating slice of the best summer of your life, a sort of Proustian cookie that transports you back not to your childhood but to the time when you looked best in cut-off shorts and felt like your heart was made of rubber.”– Alexandra Kleeman, Electric Literature
“Marlowe Granados’s Happy Hour is as refreshing as a gin fizz. It is a wild careening joyride through a hot sultry summer in New York in 2013, and it evokes that time with such sparkling specificity that you can feel the heat coming off the pavement.” – Rachel Syme, New Yorker staff writer
“A dreamy account of one heady summer, Marlowe Granados’s début is a dispatch from another land; not only New York City, but youth itself. Happy Hour is aptly titled–it’s an intoxicating book, at once heartbreaking and joyful.” – Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
“Amusingly mischievous … a new age of innocence.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Like the many cocktails sipped by our discerning narrator: effervescent, tart, and intoxicating.” – Kirkus (Starred Review)