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Publisher Comments:

Every July, a fresh crop of college graduates clad in spiffy new suits fills the offices of investment banking firms, each newly minted analyst longing for big money while sacrificing anything that resembles a normal life.


In this enormously entertaining first novel, a lovable, stressed-out guy nicknamed Mumbles tells the story of how he and his cohorts not only struggle to survive corporate purgatory, but also find satisfying ways to strike back at the system. Fueled by a constant flow of Starbucks coffee, Mumbles and his friends take on such tasks as secretly filming a despised colleague's boardroom romp with an assistant, creating footage they plan to broadcast at the company's holiday party. But true gratification comes only when they actually start standing up to the bank's evil minions, those who have no qualms about piling on a weekend's worth of work on a Friday afternoon.


With sharp comedy, episodes of inspired hijinks, and its glimpse into a world of fleeting elevator romances and not-so-infrequent nervous breakdowns, BANK is a touching and lively novel that is, at its heart, about figuring out what really matters in life.

Review:

"Bledin's debut, a survey of rookie investment bankers struggling to survive the Street, is a sometimes successful menagerie of toady, loathsome bosses, wry observations from the Starbucks queue and sophomoric pranks. Narrator Mumbles and his friends — Clyde (who 'just doesn't give a damn'), Postal Boy (whose twitching eye and high-strung disposition has everyone 'convinced he's going to lose it one day') and the Defeated One (who endures the 100-hour workweeks to support his girlfriend and his coke habit) — endeavor to master the art of the spreadsheet and maintain their ever-diminishing relationship with the outside world while keeping their shirts starched, their bloodstream caffeinated and their imaginations greased with fantasies of flight or revenge. A veteran of the finance sector, Bledin knows his turf, and though he brings little new to the office lit picnic, his tale of cubicle rancor and awkward romances is well-paced, humorous and endearing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

With sharp comedy, inspired hijinks, and its glimpse into a world of fleeting elevator romances and not-so-infrequent nervous breakdowns, Bledin's debut about a chaotic year in the life of a young investment banker is a touching novel that is, at its heart, about figuring out what really matters in life.

About the Author

David Bledin has cubicle-hopped in both investment banking and economic consulting. BANK is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316016735
Author:
Bledin, David
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Success in business
Subject:
Self-realization
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Investment bankers; Wall Street; Male friendship; Young men; Drug abuse; Office politics
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.875 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bledin's debut, a survey of rookie investment bankers struggling to survive the Street, is a sometimes successful menagerie of toady, loathsome bosses, wry observations from the Starbucks queue and sophomoric pranks. Narrator Mumbles and his friends — Clyde (who 'just doesn't give a damn'), Postal Boy (whose twitching eye and high-strung disposition has everyone 'convinced he's going to lose it one day') and the Defeated One (who endures the 100-hour workweeks to support his girlfriend and his coke habit) — endeavor to master the art of the spreadsheet and maintain their ever-diminishing relationship with the outside world while keeping their shirts starched, their bloodstream caffeinated and their imaginations greased with fantasies of flight or revenge. A veteran of the finance sector, Bledin knows his turf, and though he brings little new to the office lit picnic, his tale of cubicle rancor and awkward romances is well-paced, humorous and endearing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With sharp comedy, inspired hijinks, and its glimpse into a world of fleeting elevator romances and not-so-infrequent nervous breakdowns, Bledin's debut about a chaotic year in the life of a young investment banker is a touching novel that is, at its heart, about figuring out what really matters in life.
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