The Financial Lives of the Poets

The Financial Lives of the Poets

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Matt Prior is losing his job, his wife, and his house, and he's about to lose his mind--until he discovers a way that he might possibly be able to save it all.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
Characteristics: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780061965913 (electronic bk.)
006196591X (electronic bk.)
Call Number: AXIS360 EBOOK FICTION WALTER

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Matt Prior is losing his job, his wife, and his house, and he's about to lose his mind. Then he discovers a way that he might possibly be able to save it all: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse.


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finn75
Aug 31, 2016

Clever and funny. Main character you can't help but relate to even though his decision making is often off.

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jtkretzschmar
Oct 14, 2013

Jess Walter is such an interesting author. I have only read one other book by him but it was so vastly different, that I never would have guessed it was by the same person. This book was a great fictional account of the post market drop in 08'. It's rather amusing and shows a more seedy response to losing everything.

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brian_simard
Oct 07, 2013

Hard to believe it's the same author that wrote "Beautiful ruins" which was amazing...

I took this book out looking for more of the same but was greatly disappointed. The humour is juvenile at best , the story impossible to believe.

Barely able to finish it.

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GuyN
Nov 21, 2012

There's humor here and some great descriptions too, but I just grew tired of the implausibility of the characters like in a situation comedy series that has run too long for its premise.

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rblument
Aug 03, 2012

While waiting for Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins to appear on my library ready for checkout page, I decided, on the advice of a good friend, to read his earlier Financial Lives of the Poets oeuvre, and what a totally wonderful book it was. The narrator, who could be a poster child for the term "flawed" main character, is experiencing nothing but total hell in his life as it falls apart financially, relationship-wise, family-wise, and being able to make rational, practical desion-wise. through it all, he somehow remains a character that I found rooting for, and, despite everything, actually liking. This novel is laugh-out-loud funny, it is a great comment on our crazy financial times, as well as our crazy cultural times, it tells a great story, and, ultimately, it is quite moving. It is simply a great modern American novel.

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