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Present Value: A Novel by Sabin Willett
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Present Value: A Novel

by Sabin Willett

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An ambitious novel that requires more talent than the author possesses to pull it off. Blurbs mention Tom Wolfe; but I've read Tom Wolfe and Willett isn't close. Where Wolfe uses his reportorial observations to create bite, Willett overwrites, trying to dazzle, but simply fizzling. So what should come off sharp and crisp, is soggy and overdone. However, to give the author his due, the denouement (?) is unexpected, and raises the question of personal responsibility in an age of no accountability and "Heck of a job, Brownie" malfeasance. ( )
  neddludd | Jul 1, 2010 |
Interesting morality tale of insider trading scandal at Enron-esque toy company. Funny and knowing observations of suburban climbing, fall and (perhaps) redemption. Touches of Tom Wolfe here. ( )
  NativeRoses | Aug 16, 2007 |
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For Pete Willett
1929-2001

Values mattered to Dad, and value too:
but he cared nothing for money.
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HEAT! The heat was steamy and suffocating, a humid pall that anticipated the dawn and left everyone a little sluggish, a little vulnerable.
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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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