The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

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The Financial Lives of the Poets is a comic and heartfelt novel from National Book Award nominee Jess Walter, author of Citizen Vince and The Zero, about how we get to the edge of ruin—and how we begin to make our way back. Walter tells the story of Matt Prior, who’s losing his job, his wife, his house, and his mind—until, all of a sudden, he discovers a way that he might just possibly be able to save it all . . . and have a pretty damn great time doing it.
 

About Jess Walter

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Jess Walter is the author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.
 
Published September 10, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 305 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Walter’s bitterly funny follow-up to The Zero (2006) could not be more topical in its depiction of a leveraged to-the-hilt culture run amuck, and wiseass Matt makes for a distinctly flawed Everyman running out of chances.

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And he lets Matt suddenly see his life differently, “as if I’ve traded in my own vacuum tube eyes for a pair of high-def LCDs,” so Matt can take stock of the damage he has done to his family life.

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Examiner

The book follows the wacky misadventures of business reporter Matt Prior as he scrambles to save his marriage and his house after a series of bad financial decisions catch up with him.

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Examiner

Would you begin writing haikus and various other forms of poetry much like the one that introduces Chapter 28 of Jess Walter's hilarious novel The Financial Lives of Poets does?

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The Telegraph

Unlike the recession, it comes decorated with praise – .

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Christian Science Monitor

A smart, witty novel about a nice, middle-class dad tempted to try crime to keep his family afloat.

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The Bookbag

He's a very good writer - until he tries to rap his way through proceedings, when he's brilliantly bad - as he gives us his interior mindset alongside a very clear and lucid outlook showing us what he's seeing in his miserable existence.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In many ways, this book could have been written by Tim O'Brien, if he decided to chronicle the lives of embattled mortgage holders who have lost their heads and are trying to make sense of a world that no longer makes sense.

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About.com

Make it do a thousand different things to your mind, yo.” Readers familiar with Showtime's hit television series Weeds (and even those who are not) will find the direction that Matt's plight takes unsurprising, but Jess Walter, an extremely talented novelist in whose hands the characters of Matt’...

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

He is protecting his wife and the bit of his marriage that he thinks he can salvage… “every night now Lisa spends two hours on our home computer, managing her Facebook page and her Linked-In page and her MySpace page, responding to ass-sniffing inquiries from old friends on Classmastes.com and Go...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Bill Marvel Kansas City Star 4 of 5 Stars "Well-written novels never need to be timely to succeed, but in this cautionary tale of fiscal follies and collapse Walter delivers a comic and gut-wrenching fable for these impecunious times.

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The Blurb

Nick Hornby's name is affixed to the cover of this comic novel with a nice quote ("It made me laugh more than any other book this year") but Jess Walter will be thankful to Hornby for more than just a nice cover quote.

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