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  • Published: 17 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141961163
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Financial Lives of the Poets




Meet Matt Prior. He's about to lose his job, his house, his wife ... and maybe his sanity too.

Small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice ... in witty blank verse. Then he woke up one day in the middle of the worst crisis since the 30s with no business, a shedload of debt, a lot of guilt and a great deal of suspicion about his wife who spends her time flirting online with her childhood sweetheart - a real guy with a real, man's job. So when Matt's offered some high-grade dope, and finds he can sell a little bit of it on, he thinks that maybe this is where the future lies...

As Matt battles to save his marriage, his children's future and his sanity too, The Financial Lives of the Poets becomes a hugely funny but heartfelt novel about how we can reach the edge of ruin - and pull back.

  • Published: 17 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141961163
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Jess Walter

Jess Walter has written four novels, most recently The Zero which was shortlisted for the National Book Award. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his family.

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Praise for The Financial Lives of the Poets

When it comes to explaining to me my own too often baffling nation, there's no one writing today whom I trust as completely as Jess Walter. His intelligence and sympathy and great wit inform every page of his terrific new novel

Richard Russo

Darkly funny, surprisingly tender ... Walter ... has an abiding faith in the ability of human beings to be decent

Los Angeles Times

A deliciously antic tale of an American dream gone very sour ... sharp, wide-eyed, soulful

Washington Post

A ridiculously talented writer

The New York Times

It made me laugh more than any other book I've read this year

Nick Hornby