Present Value: A Novel

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004 - Fiction - 402 pages
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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 firm 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 course.
The 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.


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User Review  - neddludd - LibraryThing

An ambitious novel that requires more talent than the author possesses to pull it off. Blurbs mention Tom Wolfe; but I've read Tom Wolfe and Willett isn't close. Where Wolfe uses his reportorial ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In an ambitious satire of post-9/11 America, the author of two previous legal thrillers (The Betrayal, 1998, etc.) manages to skewer our financial, political and social institutions with vicious glee ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Sabin Willett is a partner with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen llp. He is the author of two previous novels, The Deal and The Betrayal. He graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School and lives outside Boston.


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