Dear Money by Martha McPhee

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In this Pygmalion tale of a novelist turned bond trader, Martha McPhee brings to life the greed and riotous wealth of New York during the heady days of the second gilded age. India Palmer, living the cash-strapped existence of the writer, is visiting wealthy friends in Maine when a yellow biplane swoops down from the clear blue sky to bring a stranger into her life, one who will change everything.The stranger isWin Johns, a swaggering and intellectually bored trader of mortgage- backed securities. Charmed by India’s intelligence, humor, and inquisitive nature—and aware of her near-desperate financial situation—Win poses a proposition: “Give me eighteen months and I’ll make you a world-class bond trader.” Shedding her artist’s life with surprising ease, India embarks on a raucous ride to the top of the income chain, leveraging herself with crumbling real estate, never once looking back . . .Or does she? With a light-handed irony that is by turns as measured as Claire Messud’s and as biting as Tom Wolfe’s, Martha McPhee tells the classic American story of people reinventing themselves, unaware of the price they must pay for their transformation.

About Martha McPhee

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Martha McPhee is a Bowdoin graduate and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Redbook, Open City, Harper's Bazaar, and other journals. She is the author of Bright Angel Time, a New York Times Notable Book, and coauthor with Jenny and Laura McPhee of Girls. She lives in New York City.
Published May 1, 2010 by Mariner Books. 357 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nearly everybody who reads—newspapers, magazines and websites, in addition to fiction—recognizes the plight of the midlist novelist.

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The New York Times

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In Martha McPhee’s novel, a writer succumbs to the lure of wealth on Wall Street.

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A lively Pygmalion tale, examining the connections among money, happiness and art.

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Dallas News

By ANNE MORRIS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Anne Morris, a member of the National / The Dallas Morning News s Circle, lives in Austin.

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In a way, I had wanted to conform, be erased, be reborn to live the American dream, to live a life untainted by constant worry and doubt…In a fairy tale, a hard-pressed writer — who cares only for the good, the true and the beautiful — has grown destitute because of the world’s general indifferen...

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Despite these flaws, most reviewers found Dear Money to be a worth a shot, calling it a "playful, witty, couldn’t-be-more-timely morality tale" (San Francisco Chronicle).

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