“Darkly funny, surprisingly tender . . . witheringly dead-on.” — Los Angeles Times
Named one of the year’s best novels by: Time • Salon.com • Los Angeles Times • NPR/Fresh Air • New West • Kansas City Star • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A comic and heartfelt novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins and Cold Millions about how we get to the edge of ruin—and how we begin to make our way back.
What happens when small-time reporter Matthew Prior quits his job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse?
Before long, he wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife's online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. . . . Until, one night on a desperate two a.m. run to 7-Eleven, he falls in with some local stoners, and they end up hatching the biggest—and most misbegotten—plan yet.
Funny and Brilliant!!
Read about this on NPR's site, checked out the excerpt, and bought it at once. It's been the most fun I've had listening to an audiobook in some time. The author's voice is terrific, the story gripping and hilarious, the writing crisp and sharp. I'm telling everyone I know to get this book -- or, better yet, the audiobook: The author's reading adds so much.