By Lionel Shriver
"A provocative and intensely humorous page-turner..."--Wall road Journal
With dry wit and mental acuity, this near-future novel explores the aftershocks of an economically devastating U.S. sovereign debt default on 4 generations of a once-prosperous American family members. Down-to-earth and completely real looking in scale, this isn't an over-the-top Blade Runner story. it's not technological know-how fiction.
In 2029, the U.S. is engaged in a cold international struggle that may wipe out the rate reductions of thousands of yank households. in a single day, at the overseas currency trading, the “almighty buck” plummets in worth, to get replaced by way of a brand new international forex, the “bancor.” In retaliation, the president publicizes that the United States will default on its loans. “Deadbeat state” being not able to borrow, the govt. prints cash to hide its debts. What little continues to be to savers is swiftly eaten away by means of runaway inflation.
The Mandibles were hoping on a large fortune filtering down while their ninety-seven-year-old patriarch dies. as soon as the inheritance turns to ash, each one loved one needs to cope with sadness, yet also—as the U.S. economic system spirals into dysfunction—the problem of sheer survival.
Recently prosperous, Avery is petulant that she can’t purchase olive oil, whereas her sister, Florence, absorbs strays into her cramped loved ones. An expat writer, their aunt, Nollie, returns from in a foreign country at seventy-three to a rustic that’s unrecognizable. Her brother, Carter, fumes at taking good care of their demented stepmother, now that an assisted residing facility isn’t reasonable. in basic terms Florence’s oddball teenage son, keen, an economics autodidact, will retailer this previously august American family members from the streets.
The Mandibles is set cash. therefore it truly is unavoidably approximately bitterness, competition, and selfishness—but additionally approximately surreal generosity, sacrifice, and transformative version to altering circumstances.
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