The Financial Lives of the Poets

The Financial Lives of the Poets

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The Financial Lives of the Poets is a comic and heartfelt novel from National Book Award nominee Jess Walter, author of Citizen Vince and The Zero, about how we get to the edge of ruin--and how we begin to make our way back.

Walter tells the story of Matt Prior, who's losing his job, his wife, his house, and his mind--until, all of a sudden, he discovers a way that he might just possibly be able to save it all.... and have a pretty damn great time doing it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Harper Perennial ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061916056
  • 9780061916052
  • 629,846

Review quote

When it comes to explaining to me my own too often baffling nation, there s no one writing today whom I trust as completely as Jess Walter. His intelligence and sympathy and great wit inform every page indeed every sentence of his terrific new novel, The Financial Lives of the Poets. --Richard Russo, author of That Old Cape Magic and Empire Falls"
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Back cover copy

What happens when small-time reporter Matthew Prior quits his job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse?

Before long, he wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife's online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. . . . Until, one night on a desperate two a.m. run to 7-Eleven, he falls in with some local stoners, and they end up hatching the biggest--and most misbegotten--plan yet.

The cover of this paperback edition comes in three different colors: green, blue, and orange.
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Review Text

"A deliciously antic tale of an American dream gone very sour...part noir gumshoe, part average Joe, [Matt Prior] is a sharp, wide-eyed, soulful observer, with a keen eye for the layers of bureaucracy and doublespeak." Washington Post
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8,657 ratings
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4 42% (3,644)
3 29% (2,512)
2 8% (663)
1 2% (170)
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