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Currency Paperback – May 1, 2010
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--Shipa Agarwal, author of Haunting Bombay
"From the first page to the last, Zoe Zolbrod's Currency had me hooked. I loved the boldness of the voice, the visceral and intoxicating landscape, the engrossing and masterfully woven story. Currency is a thrilling and unforgettable debut, and Zolbrod is a brilliant new voice that is sure to be with us for many years to come."
--Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
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I could not put the thing down. I finished it in two days. I felt anxious when I had to be away from it. I wanted to read slowly and savor it, but I could not stop turning the pages! Every reader should suffer such a plight.
We are lucky that this book exists. Don't miss it.
Robin and Piv are both sympathetic characters, but they are complicated. Robin's attraction to Piv may largely stem from the thrill of the new, the different, the "other." And Piv, for his part, has made a sort of living off of tourist girls. He is not one to work hard and is always looking for a way to scam himself into a better life. His actions have been fairly harmless to date, but his character is questionable.
The ambivalence Robin and Piv feel towards one another rings very true, especially since they've known one another for such a short time--and since they each have reason to be uncertain about the other. Yet I was rooting for them to be together and to find a way to make it all work out. I saw their relationship as a sort of dramatic stand-in for every relationship in its early stages, when we ask ourselves: "How much do I know this person? Is s/he who I think s/he is? Maybe s/he's a jerk or worse--but damn, I'm so attracted!" Robin and Piv, of course, have it worse since they also face daunting cultural conflicts.
The book is also highly visual--the scenes played out so clearly it was practically as if a movie screen was before my eyes. The action gets intense and the author brings it all to a thrilling climax. But for me, the quieter questions of identity and trust were the heart of this book. Highly recommended.
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An interesting journey into the lives of two young people who get conned into criminal activity in Asia. Likeable and colorful.Published 2 months ago by A reader in MD
Zoe Zolbrod's excellent debut is an examination of the tenuous relationship between love, money, culture, race, gender, and politics, disguised as a page-turning literary thriller. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Greg Olear
I bought this book to read on my metro ride to and from work. I ended up starting it and was unable to put it down! Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Amos
One often hears about males who engage in sex tourism - men from wealthy countries go to Thailand, for example, with the intention of getting laid. Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by Suzanne Kamata