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The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

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ISBN: 9780007560776    Publisher: HarperCollins Year of publishing: 2017     Format:  paperback No of Pages: 528        Language: English
'Shriver's intelligence, mordant humour and vicious leaps of imagination all
combine to make this a novel that is as unsettling as it is entertaining'
FINANCIAL TIMES
The brilliant new novel from the Orange...Read more
'Shriver's intelligence, mordant humour and vicious leaps of imagination all
combine to make this a novel that is as unsettling as it is entertaining'
FINANCIAL TIMES
The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to
Talk about Kevin.
It is 2029.
The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-yearold
patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can
never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in
meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families.
Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment,
but also -- as the effects of the downturn start to hit -- the challenge of sheer survival.
Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can't buy olive oil, while her sister Florence is
forced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carter
fumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is too
expensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that's
unrecognizable.
Perhaps only Florence's oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can save
this formerly august American family from the streets.
This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into
the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the
most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.
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About the author: Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver's novels include Big Brother, the New York Times bestsellerThe Post-Birthday World and the Orange Prize-winning international bestseller... Read more
Lionel Shriver's novels include Big Brother, the New York Times bestsellerThe Post-Birthday World and the Orange Prize-winning international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian and the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn.
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