Present Value: A Novel

Present Value A Novel Fritz Brubaker and his wife Linda an attractive couple in their mid forties have it all He s a toy company executive and she s a million dollar a year lawyer Their children are in private school they

  • Title: Present Value: A Novel
  • Author: Sabin Willett
  • ISBN: 9780812969559
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda an attractive couple in their mid forties have it all He s a toy company executive and she s a million dollar a year lawyer Their children are in private school they have a McMansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage on Nantucket But their comfortable world is suddenly turned upside down when Fritz s company s stock tanks and he is arrFritz Brubaker and his wife, Linda an attractive couple in their mid forties have it all He s a toy company executive and she s a million dollar a year lawyer Their children are in private school they have a McMansion in a Boston suburb and a cottage on Nantucket But their comfortable world is suddenly turned upside down when Fritz s company s stock tanks and he is arrested for insider trading Linda s image conscious rm suspends her Their houses get repossessed The kids go haywire Watching the Brubaker family s lives unravel is the best way to see the stuff from which they re really made This clever, very funny novel is a post millennial snapshot of America that shows what happens to an economy built on greed when its chickens come home to roost It s the story of a family gone wrong, and its attempt to reset its course.The author of two successful thrillers, Sabin Willett delivers in this ambitious new novel the kind of witty social commentary we associate with Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith But he writes in his own original voice, breaking new ground as he describes a changed world Present Value is a provocative, wonderfully entertaining ride an irreverent, clear eyed view of the way we live now.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Sabin Willett has written a humorous satire of (now-not quite) modern upper middle class life in America. While some might call his approach dark, I feel the narrator was more drily humorous. "Present Value" is set in the suburbs of Boston (Dover, MA to be exact) in Aug. 2001. As Fritz drives his 2 spoiled children to their expensive private school in an enormous gas-guzzling SUV, his thoughts are mostly consumed with keeping up appearances with the other parents in line engaging in the morning [...]

    2. I really liked this book, which combines a compelling plot regarding accounting fraud (think Enron on a smaller scale) with powerful social commentary and some thought-provoking ruminations about life's purpose. Willett's first two novels were also excellent, though it was several years ago that I read them, and my best recollection is that they were more plot-driven, without the over social statements that exist in this one.Interwoven in this book are occasional chapters recounting a college ec [...]

    3. I love the reference to the Benjamin Cardozo quote,“A trustee is held to something stricter than the morals of the market place. Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior… the level of conduct for fiduciaries [has] been kept at a level higher than that trodden by the crowd”

    4. I really enjoyed this book. Very entertaining and funny in parts. Biting satire of the business class and Wall Street people.

    5. I love satire with a heart, so this was right up my alley. The characters were surprisingly well-developed, and the story of a family disintegrating and putting itself back together was actually very moving. Fritz was just a hilarious character in all of his integrity, and some of the scenes which focused on him were brilliant. I think the arraignment scene is comparable in humor to some of the funniest scenes I've read in literature, like the lecture scene toward the end of Lucky Jim and the Se [...]

    6. I have read two of Sabin Willet's novels and given them high marks. He usually writes serious, intelligent and knowledgeable stories. In his other life he is a Harvard graduate, Harvard Law School graduate and a partner in a prestigious Boston law firm. So when I found this offering in the library I jumped on it. I should have paid more attention to the cover; a picture of a very nice residence but what I failed to observe was the goat on the front lawn. This novel turned out to be an attempt at [...]

    7. A very good book, not a thriller or as exciting as The Betrayal, but keen satire on people in the financial world. Great descriptions of insider trading and how a company can fall apart. Wonderful explanations of economic principles in the guise of college lectures. A bit tedious some of the time, but mostly very witty through revealing "thoughts" of all participants, what we, "everyman," might think in the same situations. Very clever, overall, and basically a good sotry though the plot slows d [...]

    8. I was going through the books that I want to sell at my garage sale tomorrow and came across this one. I don't remember why/how/when I decided to read this book, but I do remember that I really enjoyed it, and was pleased to have found it.Sharp, witty, trenchant (ain't that a GREAT word?) and engaging, I wanted to make sure that I added it to so that others could look into it. Also, now I will be able to remember her name and check out some of her other books!

    9. This was a great book. Willett perfectly satirized a 21st century American family--complete with Blackberry addictions, luxury SUVs, and private schools. And Willett's humor was just spot on. At times, this book reminded me of the movie The Office, with the wit and irony of the main character and the characters surrounding him. I laughed out loud and cringed, but really enjoyed it all the way through.

    10. I read this years ago and can't remember the plot that well, but I remember that this is a nicely written and bitterly funny book about living in modermn America. Characters are addicted to their ipods and the internet, so it is totally realistic. I enjoyed this book immensely, and wonder why it never got more attention. For an up to date black comedy, this is a good book to read. Not as slick as Christofer Moore's work or with as good a premise as Boomsday, still a dark and incisive work.

    11. Your mileage will vary, but I could hardly put this one down and was impressed with the author's knowledge of law, finance, money, and human relationships. Of course, it cut close to the bone with the description of suburban Boston families and schools. 9/11 is weaved into the narrative and haunts other parts of the story like the collapse of the protagonist's company and family. The goats named after Red Sox players is a nice touch.

    12. Absolutely this author. I will make an effort to read all his works. Sabin, I loved the characters, their imperfections and your amazing insights that make each one a valued person, regardless of how shallow they initially appear. I actually highlighted some sections as points to discuss with my love.Highly recommend.

    13. this book is unlike most that I read. It is definitely written from a man's point of view but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is full of satire and great commentary on values within privledged families.

    14. I liked the satire about the "modern family" and the addictions to technology. It dragged on but the main characters seem to triumph over the cancer of greed. The only character that I really liked was Fritz and I found his observations quirky and funny.

    15. Moderately funny. Takes place around Dover, MA, which is near and dear to me, so there is the fun local element. But not more than that.

    16. This is a satire on a community in which I used to live. I waited until I moved away to read it and it provided me with much laughter.

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