Human Capital by Stephen Amidon
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It's the spring of 2001. Drew Hagel has spent the last decade watching things slip away—his marriage, his real estate brokerage, and his beloved daughter, Shannon, now a distant and mysterious high school senior. But as summer approaches, Drew forms an unexpected friendship with Quint Manning, the manager of a secretive hedge fund. Drew sees the friendship leading to vast, frictionless wealth, but Drew doesn't know that Manning has problems of his own: his Midas touch is abandoning him, his restless wife has grown disillusioned, and his hard-drinking son is careening out of control.
As the fortunes of the Hagels and the Mannings collide, a terrible accident gives Drew the leverage he needs to stay in the game. At once brilliantly observed and masterfully paced, Human Capital "deftly slices open the rich, corrupt heart of suburban America and lets its dark secrets bleed out" (Elle).

 

About Stephen Amidon

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Stephen Amidon is the coauthor of The Sublime Engine and the author of six novels, including The New City and Human Capital. He lives in western Massachusetts.
 
Published October 1, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For folks like Drew Hagel, who grew up in Totten Crossing, it has become harder and harder to make ends meet: the real estate business owned by Drew's father has been marginalized by a big-time property consortium, and Drew finds himself scrambling to pay his daughter Shannon's private school tui...

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In Stephen Amidon's novel of suburban striving, set after the bubble burst and before 9/11, characters are defined by the things they choose to buy.

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The Guardian

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Human Capital by Stephen Amidon Viking £12.99, pp384 'Human capital' is a legal term to denote a person's projected earnings and is used in calculating compensation claims if their working life is cut short;

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Publishers Weekly

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readers may in fact be more inspired to "start jogging and eat fewer cheeseburgers" by Amidon (author of Human Capital) and Amidon (a practicing cardiologist) than by their own GP, which makes a final tale of two very different men who suffer heart attacks, and the disparity of care that they rec...

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He has learned a great deal about a great many things—hedge funds, real estate, the executive limo business, school fundraising, you name it—and this knowledge embeds the novel in the real world of middle- and upper-middle-class America with an authenticity that few contemporary novels achieve, e...

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Human Capital is the novel Danielle Steel would write if she were more of a realist.

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