The Financial Lives of the Poets

The Financial Lives of the Poets

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Matt Prior is losing his job, his wife, and his house, and he's about to lose his mind--until he discovers a way that he might possibly be able to save it all.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
ISBN: 9780061916045
Branch Call Number: FIC WALTER 2009
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 31, 2016

Clever and funny. Main character you can't help but relate to even though his decision making is often off.

Oct 14, 2013

Jess Walter is such an interesting author. I have only read one other book by him but it was so vastly different, that I never would have guessed it was by the same person. This book was a great fictional account of the post market drop in 08'. It's rather amusing and shows a more seedy response to losing everything.

Oct 07, 2013

Hard to believe it's the same author that wrote "Beautiful ruins" which was amazing...

I took this book out looking for more of the same but was greatly disappointed. The humour is juvenile at best , the story impossible to believe.

Barely able to finish it.

Nov 21, 2012

There's humor here and some great descriptions too, but I just grew tired of the implausibility of the characters like in a situation comedy series that has run too long for its premise.

Aug 03, 2012

While waiting for Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins to appear on my library ready for checkout page, I decided, on the advice of a good friend, to read his earlier Financial Lives of the Poets oeuvre, and what a totally wonderful book it was. The narrator, who could be a poster child for the term "flawed" main character, is experiencing nothing but total hell in his life as it falls apart financially, relationship-wise, family-wise, and being able to make rational, practical desion-wise. through it all, he somehow remains a character that I found rooting for, and, despite everything, actually liking. This novel is laugh-out-loud funny, it is a great comment on our crazy financial times, as well as our crazy cultural times, it tells a great story, and, ultimately, it is quite moving. It is simply a great modern American novel.


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