Library Ed. Recorded Books 2003
CS ISBN 978-1-4025-4360-9 $123.75 Eleven cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4025-4437-8 $123.75 Thirteen CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4498-8527-4 $109.00
Capitalism, yuppies, and the S&L scandals of the ‘80s are fodder for Jane Smiley’s ninth novel. Here, she deals with the self-involved, self-justifying, get-rich-quick schemes of the period. Joe Stratford, a divorced nice-guy realtor, yields to every temptation. First, he begins an affair with Felicity, a married woman who is also his boss’s daughter. Then Marcus, a stranger with impressive credentials, comes to town, and Joe gets involved in a scheme promising high yield for low investment--a temptation that’s too good to be true--which, of course, backfires. Richard Poe’s narration of Smiley’s morality play will keep listeners entertained. Smiley, a consummate craftsperson, makes the listener aware that this is good writing at the same time that Poe’s impeccable performance allows the writing to disappear. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 03]
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