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Sabin Willett has written a humorous satire of now not quite modern upper middle class life in America While some might call his approach dark, I feel the narrator wasdrily humorous Present Value is set in the suburbs of Boston Dover, MA to be exact in Aug 2001 As Fritz drives his 2 spoiled children to their expensive private school in an enormous gas guzzling SUV, his thoughts are mostly consumed with keeping up appearances with the other parents in line engaging in the morning Sabin Willett has written a humorous satire of now not quite modern upper middle class life in America While some might call his approach dark, I feel the narrator wasdrily humorous Present Value is set in the suburbs of Boston Dover, MA to be exact in Aug 2001 As Fritz drives his 2 spoiled children to their expensive private school in an enormous gas guzzling SUV, his thoughts are mostly consumed with keeping up appearances with the other parents in line engaging in the morning Good Parent Ritual Nothing would annoy his lawyer wifethan opening up their family to criticism In fact, a large portion of their daily lifefrom the clothes they wear, to the house they live in, to ensuring that their children s school backpacks include sunscreen for recessis performed out of Fear of Criticism But then September 1st, 2001 happens, and in the midst of the unspeakable tragedy happening a mere 200 miles away, Fritz realizes that after his children recover from the initial shock, they areconcerned about when regular programming will return to television than the world events unfolding around them He realizes that the 5000 square foot house, the 200,000 duel income, and the top notch schooling are not turning his children into adults he wants them to be His family is like 4 strangers bouncing around a huge house, never really touching each others lives And that evening, as he watches TV, grieves for victims, and hopes his wife, Linda, makes it home from California where she was on a business trip OK, he realizes that he has no one he can actually have a conversation with Post 9 11 the economy takes a predictable down turn, and Fritz is unpredictably arrested for insider trading His arrest, and the effects it has on his pampered image conscious family make up the rest of the novel How will he deal with his trial How will his wife deal with keeping the family together if he goes to prison Most importantlywhat is value Is it a sum total of the worth of your possessions, or is it something something a bitintangible And how do we teach children who have everything the meaning of value These are concepts that Fritz struggles with, and his efforts to bring his family together to a shared appreciation of value is the touching heart at the center of the books humor Highly recommended Great modern look at what happens when everything comes crashing down. I really liked this book, which combines a compelling plot regarding accounting fraud think Enron on a smaller scale with powerful social commentary and some thought provoking ruminations about life s purpose Willett s first two novels were also excellent, though it was several years ago that I read them, and my best recollection is that they wereplot driven, without the over social statements that exist in this one.Interwoven in this book are occasional chapters recounting a college ec I really liked this book, which combines a compelling plot regarding accounting fraud think Enron on a smaller scale with powerful social commentary and some thought provoking ruminations about life s purpose Willett s first two novels were also excellent, though it was several years ago that I read them, and my best recollection is that they wereplot driven, without the over social statements that exist in this one.Interwoven in this book are occasional chapters recounting a college economics professor teaching introduction to macroeconomics, and the remarkable metaphorical tools he uses to demonstrate an otherwise dry subject These chapters, though they take place outside the plot, bear directly on the activities in the book Very creative tool.Also interesting is the description of a federal prison camp a k a country club prison , especially the process of getting the prisoner from freedom to the prison I found it interesting because the book I read just prior to this one The Racketeer, by John Grisham also includes a prisoner going to a federal prison camp, with a corresponding description of the trip there Just an amusing coincidence that I should read two consecutive legal thrillers with precisely the same description of something I previously had no knowledge of It s hard to imagine someone not in finance or law enjoying this book There s a lot of nitty gritty finance stuff and bankruptcy stuff here Spoiler in bankruptcy proceedings, only the lawyers get paid Reading this book made me remember Enron and its psychopathic leadership I was bummed to learn that Jeff Skilling was released from jail last summer and Andrew Fastow was released in 2011. I love satire with a heart, so this was right up my alley The characters were surprisingly well developed, and the story of a family disintegrating and putting itself back together was actually very moving Fritz was just a hilarious character in all of his integrity, and some of the scenes which focused on him were brilliant I think the arraignment scene is comparable in humor to some of the funniest scenes I ve read in literature, like the lecture scene toward the end of Lucky Jim and the Se I love satire with a heart, so this was right up my alley The characters were surprisingly well developed, and the story of a family disintegrating and putting itself back together was actually very moving Fritz was just a hilarious character in all of his integrity, and some of the scenes which focused on him were brilliant I think the arraignment scene is comparable in humor to some of the funniest scenes I ve read in literature, like the lecture scene toward the end of Lucky Jim and the Seder scene in Wonder Boys I also really liked the chapters about the economics professor, and thought they were woven in very cleverly I found the chapters about the senator and about the financial world incredibly boring, and mostly skimmed them And I was disappointed that the author seemed to dump Lucy mid way through the story I thought she was a great character, and wanted to know what happened to her But all in all, a very enjoyable read I really enjoyed this book Very entertaining and funny in parts Biting satire of the business class and Wall Street people. .READ BOOK ⚔ Present Value: A Novel ♗ Fritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda an attractive couple in their mid forties have it all He s a toy company executive and she s a million dollar a year lawyer Their children are in private school they have a McMansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage on Nantucket But their comfortable world is suddenly turned upside down when Fritz s company s stock tanks and he is arrested for insider trading Linda s image conscious rm suspends her Their houses get repossessed The kids go haywire Watching the Brubaker family s lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which they re really made This clever, very funny novel is a post millennial snapshot of America that shows what happens to an economy built on greed when its chickens come home to roost It s the story of a family gone wrong, and its attempt to reset its courseThe author of two successful thrillers, Sabin Willett delivers in this ambitious new novel the kind of witty social commentary we associate with Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith But he writes in his own original voice, breaking new ground as he describes a changed world Present Value is a provocative, wonderfully entertaining ride an irreverent, clear eyed view of the way we live now From the Hardcover edition I have read two of Sabin Willet s novels and given them high marks He usually writes serious, intelligent and knowledgeable stories In his other life he is a Harvard graduate, Harvard Law School graduate and a partner in a prestigious Boston law firm So when I found this offering in the library I jumped on it I should have paidattention to the cover a picture of a very nice residence but what I failed to observe was the goat on the front lawn This novel turned out to be an attempt at I have read two of Sabin Willet s novels and given them high marks He usually writes serious, intelligent and knowledgeable stories In his other life he is a Harvard graduate, Harvard Law School graduate and a partner in a prestigious Boston law firm So when I found this offering in the library I jumped on it I should have paidattention to the cover a picture of a very nice residence but what I failed to observe was the goat on the front lawn This novel turned out to be an attempt at humorous satire and, other than being funny in places, a pretty pedestrian story about a mid level finance executive and his million dollar per annum lawyer wife I will, reluctantly, put a book down before finishing it and have done it on several occasions in retrospect I m surprised that I finished this one A very good book, not a thriller or as exciting as The Betrayal, but keen satire on people in the financial world Great descriptions of insider trading and how a company can fall apart Wonderful explanations of economic principles in the guise of college lectures A bit tedious some of the time, but mostly very witty through revealing thoughts of all participants, what we, everyman, might think in the same situations Very clever, overall, and basically a good sotry though the plot slows d A very good book, not a thriller or as exciting as The Betrayal, but keen satire on people in the financial world Great descriptions of insider trading and how a company can fall apart Wonderful explanations of economic principles in the guise of college lectures A bit tedious some of the time, but mostly very witty through revealing thoughts of all participants, what we, everyman, might think in the same situations Very clever, overall, and basically a good sotry though the plot slows down at times I was going through the books that I want to sell at my garage sale tomorrow and came across this one I don t remember why how when I decided to read this book, but I do remember that I really enjoyed it, and was pleased to have found it.Sharp, witty, trenchant ain t that a GREAT word and engaging, I wanted to make sure that I added it to goodreads so that others could look into it Also, now I will be able to remember her name and check out some of her other books