Greed. Envy. Sex. Property. In her subversively funny and genuinely moving new novel, Jane Smiley nails down several American obsessions with the expertise of a master carpenter. Forthright, likable Joe Stratford is the kind of local businessman everybody trusts, for good reason. But itas 1982, and even in Joeas small town, values are in upheaval: not just property values, either. Enter Marcus Burns, a would-be master of the universe whose years with the IRS have taught him which rules are meant to be broken. Before long he and Joe are new best friendsaand partners in an investment venture so complex that no one may ever understand it. Add to this Joeas roller coaster affair with his mentoras married daughter. The result is as suspenseful and entertaining as any of Jane Smileyas fiction.She had hair from the 1960s, ski pants, and rubber boots, the sort you never saw anymore, that were made for wearing ... aIt says right in your operating license that you have to a#39;oversee your equipment and make sure it is in good repair, a#39;a saidanbsp;...
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