- Unknown Binding: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FOEX7W
- Package Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 229 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,509,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. National Book Award–finalist Walter does for the nation's bleak financial landscape what he did for 9/11 in The Zero: whip-smart satire with heart. Matt Prior quits his job as a business reporter to start Poetfolio.com, a Web site featuring poetry about finance, or money-lit. Unsurprisingly, it tanks, and Matt returns to the newspaper, only to be laid off with a meager severance package. Now not only are the Priors in danger of losing their house, but Matt is convinced that his wife, Lisa, is having an affair with an old boyfriend she rediscovered during her lengthy nightly Facebook sessions. With two sons in overpriced Catholic school and his increasingly senile father to support, Matt's bank accounts dwindle amid his financial planner's dire predictions (diagnosis: fiscal Ebola). When an appealing but illegal moneymaking opportunity presents itself, Matt jumps at the chance. The decision to include snippets of Matt's poetry in the novel was a risky one, but Walter pulls it off, never resorting to pretension or overused metaphors for life's meltdowns. (Oct.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Walter's wildly funny, heartrending novel is a clever meditation on the American Dream gone horribly wrong. Readers will be rooting for Matt, "a likable everyman" (Christian Science Monitor), even as he commits one painful error after another. Walter's writing crackles with energy, and though he seems to come close to treating some serious topics (drug use, infidelity, mental illness, and bankruptcy) superficially, his affection for his characters and his shrewd assessment of the Priors' financial and familial collapse circumvent that danger. His free-verse poetry, however, interspersed within the narrative, received mixed reviews. Praised as one of today's best new voices, Walter has penned a scathing indictment of contemporary America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Everyone knows (in reality) that the newspaper business is in a downward spiral. Newspapers are not selling like they once did. People are getting their news from the internet and other places. This is really kind of sad. Matthew Prior was a financial reporter for a newspaper and quit his job on a whim during the downward trend and later regretted his decision. The whim – he was going to do a start-up company that would be a website that would bring people the news in the form of poetry. If only it was that simple. The website did not take off well and Matthew was going downhill fast.
This is a story of life gone awry in a web of financial debt that many can relate, too. Matthew is bridled with debt and seemingly no way out. His wife started an on-line E-bay business that turned out to be a guise for binge shopping. Their home is mortgaged and mortgaged and mortgaged. Their life together is falling apart. Matthew even finds himself following what he believes is his wife’s on-line romance.
Then one night the light shines or so Matthew senses. Matthew goes to the local 7-11 for a gallon of milk for the kids in the morning. He stumbles across the “delinquency dream team” and he gives them a ride and they light him up with some really high-grade marijuana and they get really toked up. Matthew has not smoked pot since his college days as with most of his friends.
But much to his surprise his friends would still smoke pot if they only knew where to score it. Enter down-trodden Matthew. Selling pot may just be Matthew’s way out of his financial problems, or not? Well, the book will tell in a highly creative and funny story. I have not laughed out loud while reading a book in quite some time. I would have no trouble recommending this book to my friends. So sit back and enjoy.
There is no miracle cure for what ails him, but rather, a gentle awareness that when one loses everything...all is not lost.
The Financial Lives of Poets is satire - dark satire. The protagonist, Matt Prior, finds himself mired neck-deep in the country's current financial crisis - he's lost his job, he's spent most of his savings and he and his family are days away from losing their home to foreclosure. His father - suffering from dementia and who has his own darkly funny story - lives in the Prior household and just to add a little more fuel to the fire - Matt's all but positive that his wife is having an affair.
Depressing? Sure - but Matt has a plan just like Ralph Kramden had plans. And just like with The Honeymooners the reader knows how things will turn out but you can't help but watch and follow Matt on his hare-brained but good-hearted folly. The reader also spends time inside Matt's head and this can get very uncomfortable - especially for men. We've all had moments of self-doubt, self-consciousness, self-pity and self-loathing - well Matt has hours and even days of such "moments". All of these moments are poignant and many are downright hilarious but funny with the caveat that "Thank God it's not me."
As an aside there is verse and poetry sprinkled throughout the book - plot-wise this makes sense - and even though I am poetically challenged I didn't have a problem with this and even enjoyed some of it.
Excellent book and highly recommended - and probably not like anything you've read recently.