Present Value by Sabin Willett
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.

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About Sabin Willett

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Sabin Willett is a practicing lawyer and the author of three novels: The Deal, The Betrayal, and Present Value. He lives in Natick, Massachusetts.
Published September 14, 2004 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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When a struggling stockbroker traces a short placed on Playtime to one Phineas Brubaker and sets off a selling frenzy, Fritz is arrested for insider trading.

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But life veers off its smooth, comfy road when Playtime's stock value plummets, and Fritz is arrested for insider trading.

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It helps that Fritz has suddenly developed a strange inner dialogue that seems to guide him to the path he's supposed to be on.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Present Value: A Novel


Fritz Brubaker and his wife Linda have everything any married couple could possibly want.

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California Literary Review

If one book about yuppie lives and values survives beyond our lifetime, it will be Bonfire of the Vanities, not Present Value.

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