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Read online The Locals.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Locals Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland Massachusetts who feels opportunity passing his family by After being swindled by a financial advisor what future can Mark promise his wife Karen and their young daughter Haley He finds himself envying the wealthy weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter .

Philip Hadi used to be one of these people But in the nervous days after he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home into a year round secure location from which he can manage billions of dollars of other people s money The collision of these two men s very different worlds rural vs urban middle class vs wealthy is the engine of Jonathan Dee s powerful new novel .

Inspired by Hadi Mark looks around for a surefire investment the mid decade housing boom Over Karen s objections and teaming up with his troubled brother Gerry Mark starts buying up local property with cheap debt Then the town s first selectman dies suddenly and Hadi volunteers for office He soon begins subtly transforming Howland in his image with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family .

Here are the dramas of twenty first century America rising inequality working class decline a new authoritarianism played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels the small town i The Locals i is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time by Jonathan Dee

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The Locals
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Number of Pages:400
Category:Fiction, Literary fiction, Contemporary
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Smart socially gifted and chronically impatient Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world In their hurry to start a new life they marry young and have two children before Cynthia reaches the age of twenty five Adam is a rising star in the world of private equity and becomes his boss s prot g With a beautiful home in the upper class precincts of Manhattan gorgeous children and plenty of money they are by any reasonable standard successful br br But the Moreys standards are not the same as other people s The future in which they have always believed for themselves and their children a life of almost boundless privilege in which any desire can be acted upon and any ambition made real is still out there but it is not arriving fast enough to suit them As Cynthia at home with the kids day after identical day begins to drift Adam is confronted with a choice that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family s happiness and to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility br br i The Privileges i is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune changed by time and guided above all else by their epic love for each other Lyrical provocative and brilliantly imagined this is a timely meditation on wealth family and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it, Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland Massachusetts who feels opportunity passing his family by After being swindled by a financial advisor what future can Mark promise his wife Karen and their young daughter Haley He finds himself envying the wealthy weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter br br Philip Hadi used to be one of these people But in the nervous days after he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home into a year round secure location from which he can manage billions of dollars of other people s money The collision of these two men s very different worlds rural vs urban middle class vs wealthy is the engine of Jonathan Dee s powerful new novel br br Inspired by Hadi Mark looks around for a surefire investment the mid decade housing boom Over Karen s objections and teaming up with his troubled brother Gerry Mark starts buying up local property with cheap debt Then the town s first selectman dies suddenly and Hadi volunteers for office He soon begins subtly transforming Howland in his image with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family br br Here are the dramas of twenty first century America rising inequality working class decline a new authoritarianism played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels the small town i The Locals i is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time, In her small upstate New York town Molly Howe is admired for her beauty poise and character until one day a secret is exposed and she is cruelly ostracized She escapes to Berkeley where she finds solace in a young art student named John Wheelwright They embark on an intense all consuming affair until the day Molly disappears again A decade later John is lured by the eccentric advertising visionary Mal Osbourne into a risky venture that threatens to eviscerate every concept slogan and gimmick exported by Madison Avenue And much to John s amazement one of the many swept into Osbourne s creative vortex is the woman who left him devastated so many years before, This intelligent astringent first novel by an editor of the Paris Review is a look at the convictions and commitments of three young Manhattanites Diane Kendall is a radio engineer dissatisfied with her job at an all news station and uncomfortable with the admiration of her roommate Robert Warner a history teacher at a private high school Kendall s lover Julian a handsome singer who s content to get by doing commercial jingles can bring only superficial feelings to their relationship Dee never accords him the dignity of a surname When the U S secretary of state is assassinated while on a goodwill trip to South America the ensuing war and media coverage of fighting abroad and protest at home directly and indirectly affect all three characters Kendall becomes more involved in her work and savvier about relationships which leads to her breakup with Kendall who in turn belatedly grows in self awareness Warner s conviction that history is relevant to everyday life doesn t go over well with his privileged students his growing disenchantment with U S policy leads him to renounce his country and his field of study Dee s cool detached writing style indicates the emotional distances among the characters and the veils they have drawn over their deepest feelings That he succeeds in making the reader care about them is an indication of his considerable ability