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In Luxury, Philip Schultz’s incisive poetic voice probes the essential questions of meaning and happiness against the backdrop of family, the routines of daily life, and the exquisite beauty of Cuba and East Hampton, New York. “Luxury,” the long poem at the book’s core, is a deeply personal study of suicide―Camus’s foremost philosophical question―to see how we evaluate the essential worth of our lives.

Using humor, irony, and celebration as ballast against the book’s darker forces, Luxury explores the comfort and sustenance of life, the bittersweet clarity of aging, and the anxiety of existence.