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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Fritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda—an attractive couple in their mid-forties—have it all. He’s a toy-company executive and she’s a million-dollar-a-year lawyer. Their children are in private school; they have a McMansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage on Nantucket. But their comfortable world is suddenly turned upside down when Fritz’s company’s stock tanks and he is arrested for insider trading. Linda’s image-conscious firm suspends her. Their houses get repossessed. The kids go haywire. Watching the Brubaker family’s lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which they’re really made.

This clever, very funny novel is a post-millennial snapshot of America that shows what happens to an economy built on greed when its chickens come home to roost. It’s the story of a family gone wrong, and its attempt to reset its course.

The author of two successful thrillers, Sabin Willett delivers in this ambitious new novel the kind of witty social commentary we associate with Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith. But he writes in his own original voice, breaking new ground as he describes a changed world. Present Value is a provocative, wonderfully entertaining ride—an irreverent, clear-eyed view of the way we live now.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Fritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda—an attractive couple in their mid-forties—have it all. Hes a toy-company executive and shes a million-dollar-a-year lawyer. Their children are in private school; they have a McMansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage on Nantucket. But their comfortable world is suddenly turned upside down when Fritzs companys stock tanks and he is arrested for insider trading. Lindas image-conscious firm suspends her. Their houses get repossessed. The kids go haywire. Watching the Brubaker familys lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which theyre really made.

This clever, very funny novel is a post-millennial snapshot of America that shows what happens to an economy built on greed when its chickens come home to roost. Its the story of a family gone wrong, and its attempt to reset its course.

The author of two successful thrillers, Sabin Willett delivers in this ambitious new novel the kind of witty social commentary we associate with Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith. But he writes in his own original voice, breaking new ground as he describes a changed world. Present Value is a provocative, wonderfully entertaining ride—an irreverent, clear-eyed view of the way we live now.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Sabin Willett is a partner with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen llp. He is the author of two previous novels, The Deal and The Betrayal. He graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School and lives outside Boston.

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ISBN:
9780812969559
Author:
Willett, Sabin
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Rh Trade PB
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.55 lb

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Product details 416 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812969559 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Fritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda—an attractive couple in their mid-forties—have it all. Hes a toy-company executive and shes a million-dollar-a-year lawyer. Their children are in private school; they have a McMansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage on Nantucket. But their comfortable world is suddenly turned upside down when Fritzs companys stock tanks and he is arrested for insider trading. Lindas image-conscious firm suspends her. Their houses get repossessed. The kids go haywire. Watching the Brubaker familys lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which theyre really made.

This clever, very funny novel is a post-millennial snapshot of America that shows what happens to an economy built on greed when its chickens come home to roost. Its the story of a family gone wrong, and its attempt to reset its course.

The author of two successful thrillers, Sabin Willett delivers in this ambitious new novel the kind of witty social commentary we associate with Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith. But he writes in his own original voice, breaking new ground as he describes a changed world. Present Value is a provocative, wonderfully entertaining ride—an irreverent, clear-eyed view of the way we live now.

From the Hardcover edition.

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