Fred Waitzkin, author of the best-selling memoir Searching for Bobby Fischer, has written an exceptionally assured debut novel. It's the story of salesman named Jim, who can sell anything to anyone. His rise to riches leaves a trail of ruin behind him, whose consequences he escapes by disappearing to the Amazon. There he runs a gold mining operation, and, as a world-weary old man, falls in love. Tightly and compellingly written, The Dream Merchantis a portrait of a man who seized the American Dream, and found out what it cost.
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Author and journalist Fred Waitzkin is the author of the bestselling memoir about his chess prodigy son, Searching for Bobby Fischer, as well as The Last Marlin and Mortal Games. His debut novel, The Dream Merchant (Thomas Dunne, $24.99) is a powerful, sexy, and exquisitely written heart-of-darkness tale about a charismatic yet morally ambiguous salesman. Waitzkin was inspired by his father, who was a lighting fixture salesman, along with a half dozen other exceptional salesmen he's known over the years. Narrated by a writer who is equally mesmerized and, at times, repulsed by this larger-than-life character, the book is an irresistible mix of adventure and intrigue with ruthless and passionate characters. At its core, it's an unwavering look at the price of ambition and success, the indissoluble bonds of male friendship, and the unsettling nature of love and sexuality between a man and much younger woman. 5pm
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