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The Mandibles
Author: Lionel Shriver

ISBN: 9780007560752
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.2
Caroline Baum's Review

Oh boy, oh boy, Lionel Shriver is on top form with her savage, fierce take on the American financial crisis. Pitched forward into a not too distant future (2029) and complete with a vocabulary of new words, this is Shriver's razor sharp cautionary tale on the financial mess an American white middle class family, the Mandibles, gets itself into when its investments go down the toilet, the dollar collapses and the money markets implode.

As resources become scarce, the consequences for the Mandibles become more acute, putting new pressures on parents and children - although one member of the family, the precociously smart Willing - has seen it all coming. An apocalyptic romp that skewers capitalism and fiscal policy, loaded with warnings, mocking predictions and satirical scenarios that are alarmingly plausible, this is contemporary fiction with relevance, immediacy and urgency. Ignore it at your peril.


It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarc...

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