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The Financial Lives of the Poets (edition 2009)

by Jess Walter (Author)

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Matt Prior is losing his job, his wife, and his house, and he's about to lose his mind--until he discovers a way that he might possibly be able to save it all.
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Title:The Financial Lives of the Poets
Authors:Jess Walter (Author)
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Clever book...enjoyable, lighthearted and yet touching in its own way. ( )
  JosephKing6602 | Jul 14, 2020 |
Jess Walter is a fantastic writer and very funny. Can't believe he only just now crossed my radar. [full review]

"There are these lakes in Northern Idaho that are supposed to be bottomless; the Navy used to do submarine training there. They'd think they had found the bottom and then a submarine would find a deeper hole. Of course, the lakes weren't bottomless. In fact, it turns out nothing is bottomless - except the trouble I get into." p.250 ( )
  markflanagan | Jul 13, 2020 |
Not as funny as some 'loser lit' and a bit more experimental with the language. While it could have veered into Weeds territory, thankfully it didn't. I really appreciated the bare emotion of the main character's interaction with his sons and with his father. And I enjoyed the sometimes manic pace, the desperate poor decisions as he veered deeper into sleep deprivation. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
Financial woes and a senile father is a depressing set up but the writing is so clever and funny. Picks up speed and humor as it goes along. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Jess Walter's two previous novels—The Zero and Citizen Vince—showed him to be one of the finest novelists at work today. It's a bit of a letdown, then, to say that The Financial Lives of the Poets (awful title, by the way; the folks at Harper, as usual, clearly asleep at the switch) is a step sideways at best. The novel, which relates the misadventures of a downward-spiraling burgher named Matt, is a likable enough affair, with a soupçon of topical angst, but has little of its predecessors' zip or reckless urgency. Walter remains, however, a writer of great potential. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
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“The Financial Lives of the Poets” is less memorable for its title than for the success with which it captures fiscal panic and frustration... Mixing financial advice with poetry is a terrible idea. But combining the elements of tragedy with a sitcom sensibility is a good one. And it’s what Jess Walter continues to do best.
 
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Poets have to dream, and dreaming in America is no cinch. Saul Bellow
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For Anne, always
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--Here they are again--the bent boys, baked and buzzed boys, wasted, red-eyed, dry-mouth high boys, coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are, twitchy hands wadding bills they spill on the counter, so pleased and so proud, as if they're the very inventors of stoned--
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--Turns Out There Are Only Four Eskimo Words for Snow, However--
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