Discussion of the Financial Lives of Poets

From Bookmarks Magazine Walter's wildly funny, heartrending novel is a clever meditation on the American Dream gone horribly wrong. Readers will be rooting for Matt, "a likable everyman" (Christian Science Monitor), even as he commits one painful error after another. . . . Praised as one of today's best new voices, Walter has penned a scathing indictment of contemporary America. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Review “A deliciously antic tale of an American dream gone very sour...part noir gumshoe, part average Joe, [Matt Prior] is a sharp, wide-eyed, soulful observer, with a keen eye for the layers of bureaucracy and doublespeak.” (Washington Post )

“Would be so sad if it weren’t so funny, and so funny if it weren’t so sad. . . . Compassionate, witty and drawn from today’s heartless world, it’s a terrific book.” (Arizona Republic )

“An extremely funny novel…a very smart meditation on what’s gone wrong with both the US economy and those of us who are expected to keep it running…cleverly designed and immensely entertaining.” (Christian Science Monitor )

“The funniest way-we-live-now book of the year.” (Time magazine )

“The novel has warmth, and its protagonist emerges as a bourgeois Everyman of the downturn.” (The New Yorker )

“[Walter is a] deft humorist and catastrophist. . . . dangerously astute.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times )

“Walter is one of my favorite young American writers. . . . [Financial Lives] made me laugh more than any other book published this year.” (Nick Hornby, Parade )

“A real find….the ultimate something-for-everyone-don’t-skip-must-read.” (Sara Nelson, The Daily Beast )

“[A] superb farce.” (Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air )

“Cynical yet warm, this novel about a financial reporter (with a failing website written entirely in blank verse) is a delight.” (The Must List, Entertainment Weekly )

“Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets is gasp out loud funny. It’s also sufficiently true to life that you’re grateful it’s not your life. Middle-class mayhem is just the best, at least in Walter’s hands.” (New York Daily News )

“Darkly funny, surprisingly tender . . . witheringly dead-on.” (Los Angeles Times )

“Jess Walter is a brilliant writer, one of the freshest new voices in American literature.” (Dallas Morning News )

“Matt Prior . . . is an Everyman for our parlous times.” (Seattle Times )


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  • Barbara C.

    I agree with Rick that it was a terrific discussion. I can't thank you all enough for sharing your insight, thoughts and unique perspectives. What an amazing group!

    April 22, 2013

  • Rick A.

    The discussion of Financial Lives of Poets was terrific. Good book choice and the group is always fun

    April 21, 2013

  • James H.

    Read it, thought it was funny-ish. Not much more to say about it - off to Tucson for a weekend of jazz.

    April 20, 2013

    • stephany

      I agree... Interesting to crunch the reviews against a more "literary" lens.

      April 21, 2013

    • stephany

      Oh and enjoy the jazz

      April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meet with this group. Look forward to meeting everyone. I read this book a couple years ago and am rereading it now.

    April 20, 2013

  • Wendy

    I cannot make this afterall, but I did read it and I have to say I really enjoyed this one!

    April 15, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    My middle name is Egan. I'll have to do some geneology research on this author.

    September 13, 2012

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