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In Majors's (Wonderdog) bloated, frenetic third novel, two young East Tennessee brothers born into extreme wealth struggle to keep their secrets under wraps. J.T. Cole, a fast-driving banker, wants to put Glennville, Tenn., on the map by having the city host a world expo, while his younger and more sophisticated banker brother, Roland, has his heart set on running for the coveted governorship. A successful fairground event nets the brothers some serious cash, much to the chagrin of investigators keeping a close eye on the bankers' shady loan practices. For the duration of the novel, both men are consistently unlikable, cheating on their sassy, perceptive, fedup wives and pushing their weight around their respective territories. By the time J.T.'s wife, Corrine, rightfully throws him out, federal agents descend on the thieving bankers, and a plane disaster shakes everyone up, readers will be too exhausted to care. This sprawling effort is a jumble of excessive exposition and sentence fragments that could have been a lively, spirited tale of greed corrupting absolutely. (Jan.)
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“Moving from backroom poker games to pols’ hangouts to the governor’s office, this expansive, smoothly flowing novel offers a rich look at family dynamics and overweening ambition.” (Booklist)
“Majors's depiction of a Tennessee evening is reminiscent of James Agee's hypnotic Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” (New York Times Book Review)
“The best, most fully accomplished new novel I have read in perhaps three years…a kind of Southern Great Gatsby.
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“Giving us profilgate bankers who borrow badly, The Millionaires is a timely work.
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“Entertaining and thought-provoking…It's literature, and serious readers will want to tackle it.
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“Inman Majors has wandered into a wild territory previously wholly owned by Robert Penn Warren and established squatters' rights.” (Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and Liar's Poker)
“A knowing social novel, ruthlessly alive. Inman Majors may know everything.” (Mark Costello, author of Big If)
“Majors's prose often kicks your head back in outright admiration. What a hell of a writer.” (Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury)
“[A] deftly rendered look at the modern South and contemporary America... Scenes that require it burst at the seams with Majors's poetry.” (Anniston Star)
“An engrossing story about ambition and integrity...Majors deserves ample applause for his storytelling and character-drawing skills.” (Raleigh News and Observer)
“A sprawling, smart, fast-moving insider novel by author Inman Majors, who knows his way around politics, Tennessee Style.” (Memphis Magazine)
“[A] fine example of what happens when the Old South meets the New South.” (Richmond Times Dispatch)
“[A] deeply Southern tale of power and corruption.” (Birmingham Magazine)
“A stirring story. ...The Millionaires reads like today's headlines, complete with a dynamic back story.” (Roanoke Times)
“Like the best of books, The Millionaires grants its subjects their humanity, and leaves you pondering the imponderable.” (OpEd News)
“Majors pairs a cast of likable characters with a strong setting, elements that set this novel apart.” (Library Journal)
“The Millionaires is a novel of the New South, that near-mythical place where a good old boy―to his astonishment―can grow money more readily than tobacco leaves.” (Charlotte Observer)
“The Millionaires, with its wry, sophisticated narrative voice, a voice in full control, is the best, most fully accomplished new novel I have read in perhaps three years.... It is serious business and it is very good.” (Tuscaloosa News)
“[There are] flashes of absolutely brilliant prose.... This is a story of the New South, and of the politics, the financial shenanigans, and the competitive mind games that bring wealth and power to a handful of determined men. [Majors's] description of the beautiful Appalachian mountains is a plus.” (The Midwest Book Review)
“Remarkable and very timely... the story of two small-town brothers who rise to dangerous big-city heights is as big and ambitious as the physical book itself.” (Bookpage)
“It's the kind of book that is both entertaining and thought-provoking and there are no loose ends, no unfinished plot lines. It has a clear message and focus. It's literature, and serious readers will want to tackle it.” (The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana))
This book was recommended to me by a political friend who worked on and around Capitol Hill in Tennessee, as did I, and recognized several of the characters. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Judy S. Mcclaran
A lovely piece of work. Having been there, then, I found it captured the picture remarkably and presented it beautifully.Published on April 10, 2013 by G.S.
It's been a heck of a long time since I've enjoyed a modern novel as much as I did "The Millionaires. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by G. J. Mabe
The major players in The Millionaires are some of the most over the top, unpleasant people you'll ever meet in the pages of a book. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Jody
How could I not be intrigued by a "Novel of the New South" that the jacket claimed was a crossing of "The Great Gatsby," (my favorite novel) with the spirit of Tom Wolfe," (one of... Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by D. Michael Elkins
This book was hard to get into. I was unfamiliar with the people, the setting, and the writers style keeps you at a distance for awhile. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Eric Byers
Designed to be a political novel taking place in the old South (in this case Tennessee), this book gave me the feel of All the King's Men with gambling, whoring, backstabbing, and... Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by R. Hammer
When I started reading The Millionaires, I entered a world I knew little about, but Majors made it feel real--maybe even a bit dangerous. Read morePublished on April 19, 2009 by N. Oechslin
I really wanted to like this novel. The concept of a modern Gatsby story filled with deceipt, lies, turnabouts and Southern charm all rolled into one truly appealed to me. Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by J. Jenkins