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The story begins at Roger's engagement party, with Tommy waiting for his erstwhile girlfriend Frances to arrive. Everyone thinks that she has been at a spa, but she has really been in an upscale Home for the Unsure, being ministered to by a freaky shrink. The story then moves backward through Tommy's ruminations about meeting Roger, "the John Audubon of preppy flesh," and about connecting with Terence Mathers, Spenser's guru of mergers and acquisitions. At the end of Mathers's first speech to the new Spenserites, Tommy says: "We had all partaken of the capitalist Kool-Aid and the applause was as much a tribute to the stupidity of young men and women after four years of elite education as it was to the success of Spenser's training program." Greed is definitely good in this atmosphere--the more the better--but Tommy is not really a full-fledged participant. After Tommy blows his first assignment, he and Roger are sent to Cabo San Lucas on a major deal. What happens there is life-threatening and hilariously over-the-top but perfectly plausible and moves Tommy to rethink his life path. Vachon has left his own fledgling financial career behind, and instead has written a first-rate first novel that is smart, funny, witty, and wise. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Vachon's madcap farce (with plenty of somber touches) accurately depicts the go-go years of mid-2000s Wall Street and smart-set society at large. Read morePublished 6 months ago by With Favourable Winds
Did anyone else notice that Tommy Quinn, the narrator, meets Roger Thorne when he begins working at J.S. Spencer? There's a whole scene where Thorne introduces himself to Quinn. Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by M. E. Dooner
Sort of like a modern day Great Gatsby in the setting of American Psycho (minus the murder) with a slight Salinger influence on a couple characters. Read morePublished on May 6, 2008 by Amity Glass
I read this novel right after I finished Tom Wolfe's "I am Charlotte Simmons." I preferred Vachon's novel over Wolfe's by a huge margin. Read morePublished on March 31, 2008 by i love shoes
It's hard to feel for the rich, but Vachon came close. His story about a bumbling and disenchanted investment banker is a sharp satire about corporate America and privilege in... Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by reenum
M&A is an extremely funny satire of the privileged elite who run Wall Street. While it is a great read, I can't help but feel that Vanchon is channeling Brett Easton Ellis. Read morePublished on October 22, 2007 by Joe Banks
The dude should have stuck with his kickin' banking job on the Street, for such wording is how this book reads. Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by N. Soltvedt