Nathaniel Pike, a headstrong billionaire, is purchasing a piece of federal land in New Hampshireas White Mountains and turning it into a huge, inaccessible parking lot. Orbiting Pike and his aspirations is a cast of perfectly flawed eccentrics: Marlene, who is shy and vulnerable but also a budding exhibitionist; Stuart, Pikeas assistant, who is Marleneas husband and a failed writer; and Heath, who films Marleneas public nudity and turns her into an Internet star. In this grand tale of the folly of the modern world, Mike Heppner skewers the extravagance of wealth, and the class that grows up around that wealth, even as he casts a humane look at the people involved. From the Trade Paperback edition.Heatha#39;s prized possession was a high-definition, wide-screen Panasonic television, which hea#39;d bought for three thousand dollars. ... hea#39;d joined the Panasonic online mailing list, sent in the lifetime warranty and read the sixty-eight -page ownera#39;s manual from cover to cover. He wanted to be a good parent to his TV. With the DVD player on pause, Allison sat up in bed and blocked his view of the screen.
|Publisher||:||Vintage - 2007-12-18|