The Financial Lives of Poets

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Book review
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A black comedy with a Chandleresque air in which we witness the life of small-town business journalist Matt Prior unravel into an ever-worsening downward spiral of awfulness.

Like a casino slots junkie, Matt makes increasingly desperate attempts to get things back on track against odds that are always unfavorable.

Facing foreclosure on the  family home, maxed out credit card debt, imminent marriage break-up and his father’s worsening dementia, it’s a bleak outlook leavened by cracking one-liners and sharp social commentary.

Author Jess Walters stretches out the absurdity and works in plenty of humor but underneath it all there’s a grim reality, a parable for the times, about what’s really valuable and what’s just stuff.

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