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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download a story as real as our own lives a tale of overstretched accounts, misbegotten schemes, and domestic dreams deferredA few years ago, small time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of Financial Lives of PDF Ë blank verse When his big idea and his wife s eBay resale business ends with a whimper and a garage full of unwanted figurines , they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams One morning Matt wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife s online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home Is this really how things were supposed to end up for me, he wonders staying up all night worried, driving toEleven in the middle of the night to get milk for his boys, and falling in with two local degenerates after they offer him a hit of high grade marijuana Or, he thinks, could this be the solution to all my problems Following Matt in his weeklong quest to save his marriage, his sanity, and his dreams, The Financial Lives of the Poets is a hysterical, heartfelt novel about how we can reach the edge of ruin and how we can begin to make our way back."/>
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  • 20 June 2019
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About the Author: Jess Walter

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  1. Julie Christine says:

    I recall standing in Seattle s Queen Anne Bookstore on a rainy late autumn afternoon in 2009, reading the jacket of this book and ultimately, passing I wasn t familiar with Jess Walter, although this book seemed to be making quite the splash I was, however, all too familiar with the effects of the global recession and I just wasn t ready to find it funny Nope Not yet In fact, that very bookstore became one of its casualties a few years later Fast forward into a new decade Jess Walter has I recall standing in Seattle s Queen Anne Bookstore on a rainy late autumn afternoon in 2009, reading the jacket of this book and ultimately, passing I wasn t familiar with Jess Walter, although this book seemed to be making quite the splash I was, however, all too familiar with the effects of the global recession and I just wasn t ready to find it funny Nope Not yet In fact, that very bookstore became one of its casualties a few years later Fast forward into a new decade Jess Walter has become one of my favorite contemporary American writers And although the effects of the recession are no less unfunny, time and perspective have only strengthened the relevancy of this book, if for the sheer amazement that America seems to have learned few lessons from its time teetering on the precipice of collapse The cost of housing in Seattle is once again approaching the stratospherethan ever, it has become a City of Have More Than Anyone Else But The Financial Lives of the Poets isn t set in that shining city on the Sound It s set in perennially grim Spokane, Walter s home, the conservative capital of the Northwest s Inland Empire Spokane s a bit stalwart, a bit stale, but solid, uncompromising, built on farming fortunes A good place to raise a family As long as you don t hang out at the 7 11.As long as you don t bet your family s financial security on a website that offers financial advice in poetic form I mean really, what could go wrong Matt Prior has been out of work for a while When things were flush only a few days ago, it seems he and his wife Lisa bought their dream housethan they could afford of course, but remember when home loan companies were just THROWING money at us and Matt poured money into the stock market, congratulating himself for investments that seemed sure bets She had a good job, he bid a snarky adieu to the crumbling newspaper biz to launch poetfolio.com, and for a heartbeat, the future was theirs Then the economy collapsed You can guess what happens next Personal Finance Shitstorm As the story opens, forty six year old Matt has less than a week to make a 31,000 balloon payment on his mortgage He and his wife, Lisa, have no health insurance Their savings, including once flush 401 k s, are tapped out, Lisa s working a crap job in an optometrist s office, Matt s dementia inflicted dad has moved in, Catholic school tuition for their two elementary aged sons is killing them the Priors aren t even Catholic, but their neighborhood has stopped gentrifying and the local school is like Rikers Island for the Wii set , and Matt is fairly certain Lisa is having an affair with her high school sweetheart, Chuck.Could you blame him, then, for hanging out at the 7 11 with a bunch of satin tracksuit clad white gangbangers, smoking weed and eating pork rinds Could you blame him for seeing the financial opportunity in selling pot to his middle aged friends, just until he can get his family out of their financial hole Tapping the keg of American zeitgeist, Walter la Weeds and Breaking Bad sends us down the rabbit hole of Very Bad Decisions made with Generally Good Intentions Matt s insomnia imbues the narrative with a slightly surreal, hallucinatory glow, heightened by his pot laced paranoia and Grandpa s dementia There is tender relief offered by his two sons, reminding us that this is a book about the aspirations and failings of fathers, the vulnerability of sons, and how boys become men, or at least try to The brilliance of Jess Walter is the LAUGH OUT LOUD caper crazies of his characters, who kill you with their cluelessness yet manage to retain such believable humanity, such depth of sincerity, that you cheer them on from one fuck up to the next Because there is always a sense of There but for the grace of God, go I We know and love and are embarrassed and infuriated by these people because they are us The Financial Lives of the Poets is social satire with a warm, beating heart and fleshed out, wounded characters who earn our compassion even as we are choking on our laughter Oh, and that bookstore on Queen Anne that bit the recession dust Some local residents and former employees banded together and resurrected it in 2013 as Queen Anne Book Company It s going strong

  2. Kemper says:

    Warning The first part of this review consists of my idle musings on a topic that occurred to me while reading this book If you don t give a damn about that and just want to get on with the review, skip down.Ever notice how it seems like the same idea start showing up in a variety of tv shows, films, or books at roughly the same time I m not talking about the straight up rip offs that appear when something like The DaVinci Code hits it big or when trends like vampires or zombies become hot an Warning The first part of this review consists of my idle musings on a topic that occurred to me while reading this book If you don t give a damn about that and just want to get on with the review, skip down.Ever notice how it seems like the same idea start showing up in a variety of tv shows, films, or books at roughly the same time I m not talking about the straight up rip offs that appear when something like The DaVinci Code hits it big or when trends like vampires or zombies become hot and spark countless films, books, comics, etc to cash in I m talking about when a specific idea seems to come up repeatedly For example, back in the 90s, Grosse Pointe Blank had a gag where a hit man was talking to a therapist A year later, Lawrence Block had his contract killer Keller talking to a shrink in the book Hit Man Two years after that, psychiatrist Billy Crystal was giving advice to a mobbed up Robert DeNiro in Analyze This That same year saw the beginning of Tony Soprano s relationship with Dr MelfiCorrection Someone pointed out in the comments that Block wrote the short story Keller In Therapy before Grosse Pointe Blank came out In the novel Hit Man Block took several Keller short stories and used them as bits for the novel, and I had only read the novel not the stories so I didn t realize that Block had beaten GPB to the punch as far as the idea of a hit man talking to a therapist As a Lawrence Block fan, this makes me happy.None of these really seem like any form of plagiarism Even though they all traded on the idea of a professional criminals talking to psychiatrists, they all did very different things with the concept Yet, it always bugged me a little I feel like David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, should be sending royalty checks and gift baskets to the Gross Pointe Blank screenwriters Lawrence Block.I got that same feeling while reading The Financial Lives of the Poets when a broke suburbanite turns to dealing pot to save his house Didn t Weeds already do this story And hasn t Breaking Bad earned acclaim for having a dweeb science teacher turn to dealing meth when facing cancer and huge medical bills Other than that basic idea of a desperate law abiding citizen becoming a drug dealer due to financial hardship, these stories have little else in common And the idea of the ordinary person turning to crime due to extenuating circumstances has been done a million different ways You can t copyright a basic idea e.g Superman led to countless rip offs, but DC quickly found out that as long as the costumes and powers were slightly different, they lost most of their lawsuits because they couldn t own the superhero concept But whenever I notice an incident of these similar ideas, it makes me think about where the line is as far as specific plot points We now resume your regularly scheduled review.Matt Prior is in a bit of a pickle He used to be a financial reporter who let the skyrocketing value of his home and a few good stock picks blind him to the huge debt he was accumulating Plus, he made the spectacularly bad decision of quitting his newspaper job to start a website that combined financial news and poetry When the bottom dropped out of the economy in 2008, Matt finds himself jobless and on the verge of losing his house.He also has to try and take care of his father, who is suffering from dementia, and he s pretty sure that his wife s flirtation with an old boyfriend on Facebook is turning into somethingserious Plus, if he can t afford the private school tuition for his two sons, he s convinced that the shitty public school in his area will only teach his boys how to sharpen plastic spoons into shivs.When Matt does a late night convenience store run for milk, he meets some young stoners and ends up getting high with them Realizing that the pot of today is much improved from the marijuana of his youth and that all the middle aged people he knows would welcome the chance to buy some high grade weed, Matt hatches a desperate scheme to use the last of his money to buy a couple of pounds of pot from his new stoner pals and re sell it.This was an incredibly well written book that uses dark humor to explore the economic abyss that many people found themselves in after the real estate bubble burst Matt s predicament is all too familiar, and his sadly funny reflections on how he followed the expert financial advice right over the cliff is a grim reminder of how bad things have been for some people in the last couple of years The book also deals with the guilt that Matt feels for not realizing sooner that his high debt lifestyle could only have led to disaster.I had never heard of Jess Walter and picked this book up when the title caught my eye, and I saw a gajillion raving blurbs on the cover I ll definitely be checking outof his work

  3. Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ says:

    With all of those Breaking Bad Weeds comparisons in Kemper s most excellent review, I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasmHere they are again the bent boys, baked and buzzed boys, wasted, red eyed, dry mouth high boys, coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are, twitchy hands, wadding bills they spill on the counter, so pleased and so proud, as if they re the very inventors of stonedAnd here he is, Matt, your With all of those Breaking Bad Weeds comparisons in Kemper s most excellent review, I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasmHere they are again the bent boys, baked and buzzed boys, wasted, red eyed, dry mouth high boys, coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are, twitchy hands, wadding bills they spill on the counter, so pleased and so proud, as if they re the very inventors of stonedAnd here he is, Matt, your stereotypical white, middle aged, douchebag waiting in line at the 7 11, after midnight, with the milk for his kid s cereal that he d forgotten to pick up earlier Sleep has failed him yet again, what with the worry of financial ruin hanging over his head He s an out of work newspaper man, with an overdue mortgage, failing marriage, and a live in father who s slowing losing his mind to dementia The internet has all but destroyed the newspaper industry, and with the economy in the toilet, what s a guy gotta do to catch a breakNice slippers, yo,one of the stoners comments, with a nod towards Matt, as he exits the store Here s a twentysomething, white, tattooed, hoodlum, with sagging pants and long hair, hitting the pipe right out in the openWanna hitMatt waves him off and heads on towards his car Hell, it s been nearly fifteen years, back to his college day, since he d smoked any weed As he s reminiscing over the good old days, making his way across the parking lot, he stops short, does a double take Something causes him to hesitate to open that car door Could it be all those fond memories, or that all too familiar smell, or the fact that his life is crumbling to ashes all around him, who s to say But the next thing he knows he s agreed to give these guys a lift to a partyDamn Matt suppresses a cough Nose runs Eyes burn Someone is composting leaves in his throat Scraping his lungs with a shovel Wow Good huh ask Jamie Matt hacks, Not bad Shit s designer Like thee hunnerd an ounce, Skeet says. And with that, the wheels begin to turn Matt begins to consider how weak the weed from his youth was compared to this stuff What would his friends think of this designer shit How many would want a taste Could this possibly be the answer that he s been searching for The key to his salvation If not, he could still maybe make some quick cash Maybe enough to get his head above water Hours later, stoned out of his gourd, back from yet another trip to the 7 11 for some munchies, Matt s returned home with a big smileBecause as fucked as the world is, as grim as the future surely seems to be, as grim as it revealed itself to be for his mother as she lay dying of the tumor that kills us all, there is a truth he cannot deny, a thing no creditor can take even as his doomed boys stir in the cold unknowing of predawn sleep, even as the very life leaches out of him, soaks into the berber, into the cracks of his arid grave, he must grudgingly admit that was one great goddamn burritoHa Great open chapter there, with and excellent, poetic conclusion However, the problem is that the story continues, and the cold, hard reality sets in What had begun as a hilarious romp thru 7 11 and stonerville, quickly devolves into a monotonous slog through the depressing loss of everything around him A crushing, downward spiral of self pity sets in.Conversations with his dad are repeated ad nauseam, due to his debilitating dementia Matt becomes less and less amusing, as he rehashes the same old, tired jokes There s little to no character development, specifically with his wife, who s nothingthan a cardboard caricature But my biggest complaint is that there is no redemptive arc to the story nothing to counter all that depression simply a final, grueling, reality check.I don t know if that s your idea of a good time, but not me Go cry into your pillow, Matt I don t need 250 pages to wallow in your misery You can t even get drug dealing right If you ever made it into an episode of Breaking Bad, you d be killed off in the first five minutes, for comic relief What a chump My advice to anyone foolish enough to consider it anything other than misleading do yourself a favor, read chapter one 5 stars , and chuck the rest 1 star That alone would make for a brilliant short story, in my opinion

  4. Tom LA says:

    I just fell in love with Jess Walter s Beautiful Ruins , and I was really happy to see that he s been able to do his magic with this book too The striking element in Walter s writing in these 2 books at least is his sense of humor, and that s where I see some readers not liking it because they just have a different sense of humor or they just don t have one I understand humor is a very personal thing However, while many funny books are just shallow, stupid, unfunny, or absurd, or very I just fell in love with Jess Walter s Beautiful Ruins , and I was really happy to see that he s been able to do his magic with this book too The striking element in Walter s writing in these 2 books at least is his sense of humor, and that s where I see some readers not liking it because they just have a different sense of humor or they just don t have one I understand humor is a very personal thing However, while many funny books are just shallow, stupid, unfunny, or absurd, or very often unbalanced structural abominations especially the ones with idiotic comments on the cover like I barfed with laughter all the way through , or you will be laughing so hard your hemorrhoids will explode or something very similar , The Financial Lives strikes a wonderfully clever balance between comedy and drama, between very light hearted moments and intimate, touching scenes And all of it fitting in a harmonious structure It is a joy to read It is elegant, alla Italiana Do you have an idea of how hard it is to do that To strike this kind of balance It takes a very unique kind of alchemist, one who knows just how many drops of this and that substance is too little or too many I also loved the inventiveness of the poetry Yes, of course is a joke, a game But it s poetry, as well And it bears meaning, too The best books are the ones where you can feel the writer s own enthusiasm and joy of writing, and I can say I felt that playfulness and joy all through the book, despite the very serious subjects.Hats off, Mr Walter This is the kind of story telling that I wish I was able to pull off in my fantasy life as a writer.madaimonna.blogspot.com

  5. Oriana says:

    Yeahhhh, not a fan I dunno, it s decently written and decently paced and decently plotted, but it s kind of too much of those things, a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong, but deflated pretty fast.It s about a middle class family in the throes of the mortgage crisis, who are about to lose their house In a desperate last ditch effort to get financially solvent, Dad view spoiler becomes a small time drug dealer hide spoiler The way this comes about is pret Yeahhhh, not a fan I dunno, it s decently written and decently paced and decently plotted, but it s kind of too much of those things, a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong, but deflated pretty fast.It s about a middle class family in the throes of the mortgage crisis, who are about to lose their house In a desperate last ditch effort to get financially solvent, Dad view spoiler becomes a small time drug dealer hide spoiler The way this comes about is pretty weak, and the plot then gets a little twistier than I think the author fully had a handle on I had a lot of yeah, right moments throughout Additionally, one of the subplots is about how our protagonist, a former business journalist, had previously tried to start a financial poetry website, and so the book is peppered with weird poetry that is probably meant to not be that great because the character isn t a great poet, but that still slogging through a lot of not great poetry, which no thank you Plus it s very clearly written by a middle aged white dude, and there are some, uh, demographically different characters whose speech is like what my own middle aged white dad who is a computer programmer, not a writer might approximate if he had to guess what thuggish kids these days say a lot of bitch ass and fuck nuts and yo s that fall pretty flat And then finally, the end starting from the climax and going all the way to the last page is far far too pat, far too clean and well tied up and also pretty sappy So that s a nope, and I don t imagine I ll be reading anyof Jess Walter I should have done a smidge of research realized that his previous book was about September 11th That probably would have been enough that I d never have even picked this up

  6. Greg Zimmerman says:

    This is going to take some linguistic acrobatics I m going to spend the next 500 or so words trying to convince you that a story about bad choices, despair, near financial ruin, and a failing marriage is one of the funniest, most charming, and downright best books you ll read in a long, long time Jess Walter s The Financial Lives of the Poets is fantastic an authentic and timely story, featuring cameos from the mortgage crisis, the slow death of newspapers, and the increasingly intense cultu This is going to take some linguistic acrobatics I m going to spend the next 500 or so words trying to convince you that a story about bad choices, despair, near financial ruin, and a failing marriage is one of the funniest, most charming, and downright best books you ll read in a long, long time Jess Walter s The Financial Lives of the Poets is fantastic an authentic and timely story, featuring cameos from the mortgage crisis, the slow death of newspapers, and the increasingly intense culture wars But Walter manages to keep it light, and it s just a whole lot of fun The story goes like this Middle aged Matt Prior s comfortable upper middle class suburban life has imploded, and now he s like a guy in one of those air blown money grab phone booths, trying to grasp at the tatters of his sanity Two years ago, Matt had quit his secure job as a financial journalist to start a Web site in which financial advice is doled out in poetry form hence, the novel is peppered with snippets of free verse At the last minute, he got cold feet, went back to his newspaper, but was laid off four months later Now, Matt is a few days from losing his house And his wife, apparently fed up with how things have gone down lately, is ramping up a Facebook flirtation with an old boyfriend.But this all happened off page The novel actually begins in medias res with unemployed, increasingly desperate Matt who I kept envisioning looking exactly like Walter s photo at left on the back flap going out late at night to buy milk at a 7 Eleven Offered a joint by a stoned teenager in the parking lot, Matt thinks what the hell and spends the rest of the night out partying.Over the next few days, Matt agonizes over whether to confront his wife about her impending infidelity and attempts to navigate the maze of automated answering options to beg his mortgage holder for an extension Finally, believing himself out of sensible options, he decides that the only way to make enough money to solve his problems is to leverage his new pot smoking buds to help him make a massive marijuana purchase, which he ll then sell to middle aged folk like himself who are nostalgic for happier times.This is the first of many terrible decisions that speeds Matt s demise You know how when you spend waythan you wanted to on, say, a suit, and so then it s not hard to convince yourself that hey, since I m already way over budget, what s another 100 So you pick up the silk tie, too On a much grander scale, this is exactly what Matt does bad decisions beget bad decisions, each time eroding any notion of possible consequences Still, amazingly, by the end of the novel, you just feel terrible for him The best part of this book is the writing It sjustfantastic The NY Times once called Walter a ridiculously talented writer, and frankly there s no better way to put it than that Like Beat the Reaper, this was an under the radar hit in 2009, and landed on many Best Of 2009 lists, including Time s, which is very, very well deserved Do yourself a favor read this If you re interested, here is my favorite passage from the book The setup Matt has gone to the home improvement store where his wife s Facebook flirt works to do some anonymous reconnaissance He s pretending to be building a tree fort for his two sons He stops in the aisle of how to books and clicks his tongue as he runs his hand across the spines of books that show how to do simple electrical work and how to repair and carburetor and how to fix a clogged sink and how to build a porch and how to stain your fence and, finally, how to build a tree fort This long bookshelf seems taken directly from my insecurities an entire library of things I cannot do In the next aisle of this hell library would be books about how to manage your billions and what to do with your foot long penis

  7. Steve says:

    Richard Russo, one of my favorite writers, was asked a while back to name some recent books he d enjoyed He rattled off a few titles then ended his list with anything by Jess Walter I can see why Walter is funny, writes as though it s an easy thing to do, reveals what we recognize as true human nature, and creates characters who aren t perfect, but you find yourself pulling for anyway In other words, he s a lot like Russo This particular one may not reach the same heights as Citizen Vince Richard Russo, one of my favorite writers, was asked a while back to name some recent books he d enjoyed He rattled off a few titles then ended his list with anything by Jess Walter I can see why Walter is funny, writes as though it s an easy thing to do, reveals what we recognize as true human nature, and creates characters who aren t perfect, but you find yourself pulling for anyway In other words, he s a lot like Russo This particular one may not reach the same heights as Citizen Vince the best of the four Walter books I ve now read , but it s still entertaining On the face of it, the plot might seem silly Matt Prior quit his job with the newspaper to launch a website devoted to financial news and commentary presented entirely in blank verse In the meantime, his beautiful but perhaps less than faithful wife developed an eBay addiction Their financial situation was understandably dire The story begins at a 7 Eleven where Matt falls in with a pack of dope smoking slackers His schemes for getting back on track seem to have been influenced by the new, pharmacologically advanced pot that he sampled Trouble ensues, along with a dark and sarcastic form of hilarity The Financial Lives of the Poets is well worth the small investment in time And there s plenty of great dialog to make it livelier still My only criticism is that it seemed almost too easy When a track star runs the mile, we d be disappointed if he s not breathing hard, even if he finishes below 4 minutes Walter said in an interview at the end of the book that it took him a very short while notthan a few months to put this one together Be that as it may, I contend that the hastily constructed ramblings by a talented guy like Walter are far better than the ponderous works by the multitudes of lesser lights

  8. Betsy Robinson says:

    If I were a publisher, I d fight to publish Jess Walter He writes funny literary commercial novels with mass appeal, and I m happy to be part of his adoring public The Financial Lives of Poets is my fourth Walter book, and my favorite so far Unemployed business journalist and American Dream addict Matt Prior s downward spiral into inept drug dealing is not dark, because he s so honest about his desperation and idiot attempts to save his and his family s behinds I loved everybody in this book, If I were a publisher, I d fight to publish Jess Walter He writes funny literary commercial novels with mass appeal, and I m happy to be part of his adoring public The Financial Lives of Poets is my fourth Walter book, and my favorite so far Unemployed business journalist and American Dream addict Matt Prior s downward spiral into inept drug dealing is not dark, because he s so honest about his desperation and idiot attempts to save his and his family s behinds I loved everybody in this book, and mostly I love Jess Walter for applying his fine literary technique to such a sweet story that you can feel his love

  9. Sam Quixote says:

    A former financial journalist decides to branch out into a new, innovative field financial news presented in poetic form Unfortunately poetfolio.com doesn t take off and leaves him with a mountain of debt Couple that with his wife s eBay addiction, his weeks of unemployment, and the financial crash of 2008 and he soon finds himself 1 week away from eviction from his dream house At a loose end one night, he encounters some stoners and begins to think about dealing weed to get out of his imme A former financial journalist decides to branch out into a new, innovative field financial news presented in poetic form Unfortunately poetfolio.com doesn t take off and leaves him with a mountain of debt Couple that with his wife s eBay addiction, his weeks of unemployment, and the financial crash of 2008 and he soon finds himself 1 week away from eviction from his dream house At a loose end one night, he encounters some stoners and begins to think about dealing weed to get out of his immediate cash troubles Add to this his wife pursuing an old high school crush via Facebook, his dementia ridden father who was bilked out of his savings and house by a stripper and her boyfriend, and the perils of the drug dealing world, and you have The Financial Lives of the Poets I loved Jess Walter s book Citizen Vince and followed it immediately with The Zero , aexperimental difficult read that I failed to finish and which put me off Walter for a bit I m glad I came back to check out his latest though as it was a fantastic novel with some excellent characters and a brilliant storyline I particularly enjoyed cringed at Matt the main character and his wife Lisa s strained marriage as the tension between them builds and the distance between them grows It felt very real and was the first time I d seen some of the less positive effects of Facebook reflected in a novel Matt s encounters with the drug dealers was also interesting with a paranoid lawyer thrown into the mix making for lively conversations I would ignore the Nick Hornby blurb which claims that it s an hilarious book as it really isn t Some of the scenes are light hearted and a bit silly but overall it s a serious novel This isn t a bad thing though as the writing is top notch, the story doesn t need gags to keep the reader interested, and the characters are wonderfully realised to keep you invested in what happens to them Matt s relationship with his dementia addled father is particularly touching Also the ending is remarkably good, Walter showing he is a writer who can write all aspects of a novel brilliantly, beginnings, middles and ends, a rare thing in writers One of the best novels I ve read all year, original, well written, imaginative, with great characters, a fast moving and interesting story I can t recommend this higher to anyone looking for a good book to read

  10. Misty says:

    Jess Walter has, in short shrift, become my single favorite contemporary author I was first introduced to his work through his contribution to the series of short stories in theWarmer cli fi collection, where he was absolutely brilliant This innovative novel has only solidified my fan status.The Financial Lives of the Poets opens with an introduction to Matt, an out of work journalist fresh off of a failed business attempt to meld poetry and financial articles in an online format and i Jess Walter has, in short shrift, become my single favorite contemporary author I was first introduced to his work through his contribution to the series of short stories in theWarmer cli fi collection, where he was absolutely brilliant This innovative novel has only solidified my fan status.The Financial Lives of the Poets opens with an introduction to Matt, an out of work journalist fresh off of a failed business attempt to meld poetry and financial articles in an online format and in debt up to his eyeballs The piece then proceeds to chronicle Matt s desperate, yet hilarious, attempts to save his home, his family and himself From his first encounter with a group of twenty something stoners at a 7 11 to his eventual run in with law enforcement, Matt stumbles forward whilst consistently taking two steps back His less than truthful wife, his increasingly senile father and his new weed smoking friends are all along for the ride and add just enough color to keep the reader from falling into a funk over the existential overtones that don t reconcile until the bitter end The novel moves between chapters, intertwining prose and poetry in a Shakespeare worthy plot that hovers somewhere between comedy and tragedy The writing in both formats is beyond genius, as evidenced here, in a passage that left me in awe of this writer s talent This is a novel for those who love language and can appreciate a dry wit that is at once self deprecating and self indulged If I could rate this beyond five stars, I absolutely would do so For now, however, five will have to suffice If you haven t yet read Jess Walter, this is the perfect place to start