This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman is the story of a family in crisis. Richard and Liz Bergamot have moved to New York City from Ithaca in anticipation of Richard’s professional advancement. They have two children—a 15-year-old son, Jake, and a 6-year-old daughter, Coco. One night, after attending a party, Jake receives an explicit email from a young girl. He forwards it to a friend, who forwards it to another friend, until the email and its attached video has gone viral.