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The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin. 

It is 2029.

The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-yearold patriarch dies. Yet America’s soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is inmeltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families.

Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment,but also — as the effects of the downturn start to hit — the challenge of sheer survival.

Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can’t buy olive oil, while her sister Florence isforced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carterfumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is tooexpensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that’sunrecognizable.

Perhaps only Florence’s oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can savethis formerly august American family from the streets.

This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780007560776
ISBN-10: 000756077X
Pagini: 515
Dimensiuni: 131 x 200 x 37 mm
Greutate: 0.37 kg
Editura: HarperCollins Publishers
Colecția The Borough Press

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In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the “almighty dollar” plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the bancor. In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. The government prints money to cover its bills. What little remains to savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation.
The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable inheritance once their ninety-seven-year-old patriarch dies. When their birthright turns to ash, what begins as mere disappointment spirals into the challenge of sheer survival.
Avery is petulant that she can’t buy olive oil, while her sister, Florence, is forced to take now-homeless family members into her cramped household. Their aunt Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at seventy-three to a country that’s unrecognizable. 
Nollie’s brother, Carter, fumes at caring for their demented stepmother, now that an assisted living facility is unaffordable. Only Florence’s oddball teenage son, Willing, an economics autodidact, will save this formerly august American family from the streets.

Recenzii

“A provocative and very funny page-turner…”
“….[A] powerful work...Prescient, imaginative and funny, it also asks deep questions.”
“Hilarious, brilliant new novel...”
“Known for tackling big contemporary issues head-on, Shriver deals skilfully here with the implications of economic meltdown. The novel, set in a near-ish future, tells of the plight of the once wealthy Mandible family and the decline of four generations into penury, thieving and prostitution.”
“[Shriver has] a sharp social eye and a blistering comic streak, and her focus on nailing down the economic nitty-gritty of her plot is only one piece of the great, disconcerting fun she has in sending the world as we know it so vividly to hell.”
“Shriver has always seemed to be at least a few steps ahead of the rest of us, but her new novel establishes her firmly as the Cassandra of American letters….I don’t remember the last time a novel held me so enduringly in its grip.”
“It’s scaring the hell out of me.”
The world that the Mandible family must negotiate is evoked in seamless detail… One thing I really like is her coining of made-up slang for her younger generation of characters and her resolutely materialist analysis of what could be coming.
“Distinctly chilling.”
“This is a sharp, smart, snarky satire of every conspiracy theory and hot button political issue ever spun; one that, at first glance, might induce an absurdist chuckle, until one realizes that it is based on an all-too-plausible reality.”