Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett

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From the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist You Are Not A Stranger Here, a stunning, masterful portrait of our modern gilded age.
 
At the heart of Union Atlantic lies a test of wills between a retired history teacher, Charlotte Graves—who has suddenly begun to hear her two dogs speaking to her in the voices of Cotton Mather and Malcolm X—and an ambitious young banker, Doug Fanning, who is building an ostentatious mansion on what was once Charlotte’s family land. Drawn into the conflict is Nate Fuller, a troubled high-school student who stirs powerful emotions in both of them. What emerges is a riveting story of financial power, the defense of tradition, and the distortions of desire these forces create. With remarkable scope and precision, Union Atlantic delivers a striking vision of the violent, anxious world we’ve come to inhabit.




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About Adam Haslett

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ADAM HASLETT's short-story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. It has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in New York.
 
Published February 4, 2010 by Anchor. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The New York Times

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“Union Atlantic” is a lumpy, disappointing book.

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The New York Times

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Adam Haslett meditates on the financial crisis through this timely novel’s protagonist, one of the brains behind a rotten banking conglomerate.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Her brother, the New York Fed chief, finds himself in a peculiar position: Henry is wrestling with the effects of Charlotte's mental decline—most prominently her obsession with the Fanning house—even as he is trying to save Fanning's bank from an implosion that might do untold damage on Wall Street.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Wayward financial practices, a McMansion under siege.

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Star Tribune

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In his first novel, Haslett takes on big public issues -- land use, the economy, the post-Sept. 11 world. But he does so with the eye of a poet.

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Book Reporter

her brother, Charlotte asks whether he “can honestly say that.

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The Washington Times

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In 2008, brokerages skidded into bankruptcy, banks teetered on collapse, financial rogues lost their cover, and thousands and thousands of ordinary people lost their homes, their jobs, their cars and their credit ratings. Acres of paper have been spent explaining the domino problems that clattere...

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Dallas News

Fanning works for Union Atlantic, symbolic.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

I had high hopes when I read the advance summary, but when I actually read the novel and became familiar with the characters, I found myself hard-pressed to have any sympathy for anyone, except perhaps Henry.

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Book Forum

The economy and its discontents can be an anemic topic for literary fiction, and Adam Haslett struggles with this challenge in his debut novel about banking disaster, Union Atlantic.

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Metro

Book review: Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett (Atlantic, £12.99), a novel about the financial crisis, feels uncomfortably relevant.

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Straight.com

To help with her lawsuit, Charlotte calls in her brother, the head of the New York Fed and—by fluke!—the very man keeping a close eye on Union’s activities.

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His first book - the story collection, .

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