The Means The Means

The Means

A Novel

    • 3.0 • 21 Ratings
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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

"The Means is such a fast-paced, breezy comedic novel that you may find yourself surprised that Fusselman deftly and directly leads you to existential dilemmas and the absurdity of capitalism and striving for more." – The Millions

Shelly Means, a stay-at-home mom and disgraced former PTA president, is poised to get the one thing in life she really wants: a beach house in the Hamptons. Surely, once she has her beach house, Shelly will at last feel at peace, in control, and content. It might be a very small house, and it might be in the least-fancy part of the Hamptons, but Shelly is hell-bent on achieving this idea of paradise. 

But what should be a simple real estate transaction quickly goes awry as Shelly’s new neighbors disapprove of her proposed shipping container house at the same time that her spouse George’s lucrative work as a VoiceOver artist dries up. When George wants to cancel the beach house, Shelly goes deeper down the rabbit hole of capitalism: it’s an investment property! It's a community! It’s a place for their children to thrive! And, for a woman whose labor has buoyed her family for years, this beach house might just be Shelly’s last stand.

The debut novel from “one of our best interrogators of how we live now, and how we should live” (Dave Eggers), The Means is a comedy about the suffering inherent in desire, capitalist delusion, and the value of unpaid labor.

"With its deadpan absurdity, pithy prose and moral je ne sais quoi, Fusselman's latest will appeal to fans of Marcy Dermansky....With its satire of the particular hypocrisy of the Hamptons, including homeowners associations, graft, and garbage and recycling practices, Maria Semple....We may be entering a golden age of the comic novel, surely one of the best possible outcomes of this desperate moment in history." – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
September 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Mariner Books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Lauren B in WV ,

You’ll laugh out loud!

Hysterically funny. Shelly Means is just desperate for a beach house in the Hamptons. But her relationship with money is poor, she doesn’t work & has champagne taste on a beer budget. An entertaining account of her quest to make her house happen, despite all of life’s obstacles.

The last couple of chapters left me a bit confused. The hilarity of the book took a turn to the fantastical, so I’m not sure if we are to believe the entire book was a dream sequence, which is how I took it. Nice little quick, entertaining read for Fall.

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