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The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen
The Portable Veblen

Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction

Finalist for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction

An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values by a brilliant New Yorker contributor

The Portable Veblen_x000D_ is a dazzlingly original novel that’s as big-hearted as it is _x000D_ laugh-out-loud funny. Set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture _x000D_ clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and with the _x000D_ specter of our current wars looming across its pages, The Portable Veblen_x000D_ is an unforgettable look at the way we live now. A young couple on the _x000D_ brink of marriage—the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant _x000D_ neurologist—find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way _x000D_ they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the_x000D_ attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate _x000D_ tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel.

Veblen (named _x000D_ after the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term _x000D_ “conspicuous consumption”) is one of the most refreshing heroines in _x000D_ recent fiction. Not quite liberated from the burdens of her _x000D_ hypochondriac, narcissistic mother and her institutionalized father, _x000D_ Veblen is an amateur translator and “freelance self”; in other words, _x000D_ she’s adrift. Meanwhile, Paul—the product of good hippies who were bad _x000D_ parents—finds his ambition soaring. His medical research has led to the _x000D_ development of a device to help minimize battlefield brain trauma—an _x000D_ invention that gets him swept up in a high-stakes deal with the _x000D_ Department of Defense, a Bizarro World that McKenzie satirizes with _x000D_ granular specificity.

As Paul is swept up by the promise of fame_x000D_ and fortune, Veblen heroically keeps the peace between all the damaged _x000D_ parties involved in their upcoming wedding, until she finds herself _x000D_ falling for someone—or something—else. Throughout, Elizabeth McKenzie _x000D_ asks: Where do our families end and we begin? How do we stay true to our_x000D_ ideals? And what is that squirrel really thinking? Replete with deadpan photos and sly appendices, The Portable Veblen is at once an honest inquiry into what we look for in love and an electrifying reading experience.
Author :McKenzie, Elizabeth
Format :Paperback
Rp 165,000
Ex Tax: Rp 165,000
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  • Weight: 0.60kg
  • ISBN: 9780008160395

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