Ride a Cockhorse by Raymond Kennedy
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The double entendres inherent in the rhetoric of predatory capitalism are well chosen, and the sooner we appreciate that it is all about us getting screwed, as well as a kind of exhilarating mania, the wiser we will be.
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    A revolution is under way at a once sleepy New England bank. Forty-five-year-old Frances Fitzgibbons has gone from sweet-tempered loan officer to insatiable force of nature almost overnight. Suddenly she’s brazenly seducing the high-school drum major, taking over her boss’s office, firing anyone who crosses her, inspiring populist fervor, and publicly announcing plans to crush her local rivals en route to dominating the entire banking industry in the northeast. The terrifying new order instituted by Frankie and her offbeat goon squad (led by her devoted hairdresser and including her own son-in-law) is an awesome spectacle to behold.
             Brimming with snappy dialogue and gleeful obscenity, Ride a Cockhorse is a rollicking cautionary tale of small-town demagoguery that might be seen to prefigure both America’s current financial woes and the rise of Sarah Palin. Frances is in any case a beautiful monster of an antiheroine—resist her at your peril!
 

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Raymond Kennedy (1934-2008) was born and raised in western Massachusetts. In 1982, he joined the creative writing faculty at Columbia University, where he taught until his retirement in 2006. Kennedy's other novels include My Father's Orchard; Goodnight, Jupiter; Columbine; The Flower of the Republic; Lulu Incognito; The Bitterest Age; and The Romance of Eleanor Gray. Katherine A. Powers's column on books and writers ran for many years in The Boston Globe and now appears in The Barnes & Noble Review under the title "A Reading Life." She is the editor of Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life-The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942-1963, forthcoming in 2013.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by NYRB Classics. 329 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jul 31 2012

The double entendres inherent in the rhetoric of predatory capitalism are well chosen, and the sooner we appreciate that it is all about us getting screwed, as well as a kind of exhilarating mania, the wiser we will be.

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