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The Financial Lives of the Poets (edition 2009)

by Jess Walter

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Title:The Financial Lives of the Poets
Authors:Jess Walter
Info:Harper (2009), Hardcover, 304 pages
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I am continuing my trip through Jess Walter's books. This one was excellent. It deals with the financial impacts of the 2008 downturn and is told with Walter's usual touch of humor. The book is told in a first person narrative which I don't always feel gives you a total picture of all of the characters. This book is so focused on Matt the main character that it is not important to get into the heads of the other characters. Matt and his wife Lisa have put themselves on the brink of financial ruin through risking a business venture that went bust, an over priced home, and LIsa's consumerism. Matt is keeping the impending loss of their home from Lisa and seeking a way out. The book follows his touching humorous journey. It says a lot about what was going on in the country during that time. It is just under 300 pages and is an excellent read. I continue my march through Jess Walter's works and he continues to come through. He is definitely one my favorite writers. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jul 10, 2016 |
Matt Prior is the modern-day Rabbit Angstrom. I would love to read a series with him as the protagonist, mainly because I really enjoy his sarcasm. ( )
  Mon_Ro | Jul 5, 2016 |
I believe this is the third book I've read in a row that deals with redemption. A journalist/poet is stuck in the height of the recession out of work and with a failing marriage. Join him on his quest for redemption and financial security. ( )
  sandsjd | Jun 3, 2016 |
This book is hard to read in that it touches on almost every bad thing that is happening in the economy right now. Throw in an affair, a senile parent and you've got a recipe for a real downer. But Walter throws in plenty of humor. His Matt Prior is a real wise cracker, even when he's up to his eyeballs in debt, losing his wife, and contemplating an illegal way to get himself out of trouble. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
This book is hard to read in that it touches on almost every bad thing that is happening in the economy right now. Throw in an affair, a senile parent and you've got a recipe for a real downer. But Walter throws in plenty of humor. His Matt Prior is a real wise cracker, even when he's up to his eyeballs in debt, losing his wife, and contemplating an illegal way to get himself out of trouble. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
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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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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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