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The Portable Veblen
Author: Elizabeth McKenzie

ISBN: 9780008160630
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 19 January 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.1 x 3.4
A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning - from an electrically entertaining new voice Meet Veblen: a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her name-sake, the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen. She's an experienced cheerer-upper (mainly of her narcissistic, hypochondriac, controlling mother), an amateur translator of Norwegian, and a firm believer in the distinct possibility that the plucky grey squirrel following her around can understand more than it lets on. Meet her fiancé, Paul: the son of good hippies who were bad parents, a no-nonsense, high-flying neuroscientist with no time for squirrels.

His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame and fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence. What could possibly go wrong?

About the Author

Elizabeth McKenzie's work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American No...

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