The Winner
(May 28, 2024 US/June 6, UK)

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“[A] terrific noir thriller…Comparisons to The Graduate and The Talented Mr. Ripley are inevitable. But The Winner, which has some very canny things to say about class and privilege, owes its biggest debt to Theodore Dreiser. This is An American Tragedy diabolically turned on its head.”The Wall Street Journal

“A page-turning story of sex, power, and money.”Vogue, The Best Books of 2024 So Far

“Another spin on psychological courting dynamics.”Vanity Fair

“Readers will zoom through Wayne’s…bitingly satirical literary thriller.”Booklist

“Be prepared to fully lose yourself in The Winner—a book I started and then simply couldn’t stop reading. Teddy Wayne has written a timely, topical novel that still somehow feels like a classic.”—Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River

The Winner is a harrowing romp through the bedrooms of the rich and entitled. Teddy Wayne takes us behind the gates of a super-exclusive community, an enclave of grotesque wealth where everyone gets what they want—with disastrous consequences. A gripping, provocative, and delightfully shocking novel.”—Nathan Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Wellness

“A riveting novel about how to have the rich and eat them, too. Sexy, breathless, and brutal.”—Julia May Jonas, author of Vladimir

The Winner is a lean, careening thrill of a book that kept me awake half the night and away from work the following day. Conor O’Toole’s steady embroilment with the wealthy people he teaches tennis to is drawn with exquisite dread. Wayne has a genius for brief observations that reveal whole reams of truth about class, poverty, and competition, while also never allowing the hideously compelling story to let up for a moment. Exhilarating, cutting, and funny, The Winner is already one of my favorite books of the year.”—Megan Nolan, internationally bestselling author of Acts of Desperation and Ordinary Human Failings


Germany (June 4, 2024)

The Netherlands (June 24, 2024)