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  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742752976
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99
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Three Dollars




The groundbreaking classic about economic rationalism and its effect on good, honest people.

The groundbreaking novel about economic rationalism and its effect on good, honest people.

At once humorous and dramatic, Three Dollars is about Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself, at the age of 38, with a wife, a child and three dollars. How did he get that way? And who is Amanda?

He cared about people; he was, Amanda notwithstanding, a good husband, father and son. At any other time the world would have smiled on him. But this was the nineties and the world valued other things.

Three Dollars chronicles the present breach of the social contract and its effect on a home near you. It is a brilliantly deft portrait of a man attempting to retain his humanity, his family and his sense of humour in grim and pitiless times: times of downsizing, outsourcing and privatising. It is about the legacy of Thatcherism and its effects on people and their relationships.

'Few novels ever dare to fuse emotional and economic life with the passionate intelligence of this one' -- Independent (UK)

  • Pub date: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742752976
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award (UK), the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys/Mail On Sunday Book of the Year Award (UK) as well as for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Elliot Perlman also co-wrote the screenplay for the film of Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the A.F.I. Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Reasons I Won't Be Coming, a collection of stories, was a bestseller in the US where it was named a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice' and received the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication.

Perlman's second novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, was a bestseller in France where it was described as 'one of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'(Le Monde). In Germany it was called a 'literary sensation' (Deutschlandradio), 'an impressive, iridescent all-encompassing view of feeling' (Der Spiegel), and described as having "the virtues of the great modern European novel' (Süddeutsche Zeitung). It was a bestseller in the United States where it was described as having 'traces of Dickens's range and of George Eliot's generous humanist spirit' (New York Times) and named a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice', a New York Times Book Review 'Notable Book of the Year' and a Washington Post 'Editors' Choice' as well as one of its all-time dozen favourites 'on the pain of love'. In the UK it was described as 'a colossal achievement….a tour de force…(in which) at the end, in a comprehensive, an almost Shakespearian way, Perlman picks up every loose thread and knots it' (The Observer) and named a Sunday Telegraph 'Book of the Year'. In Australia it was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award as well as for the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction.

Elliot Perlman is the recipient of the Queensland Premier's award for Advancing Public Debate and has been described by the Times Literary Supplement (UK) as 'Australia's outstanding social novelist', by Le Nouvelle Observateur (France) as the 'Zola d'Australie' and by Lire (France) as 'the classic of tomorrow', one of the '50 most important writers in the world'.

His most recent novel is the national bestseller, The Street Sweeper.

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Praise for Three Dollars

“Remarkably well written... funny, moving, and constantly surprising... It is impossible not to care what happens to Eddie, Tanya his wife, and Abby, their adorable daughter... Perlman is echoing Auden’s cry, “We must love one another or die.”

Time Out UK

“Perlman moves deftly from the personal to the political, from intellectual debate to near farce to edgy tenderness. His novel gradually builds into a study of a whole generation, a sad, angry, disconcertingly funny reflection of the way we live now.”

Times Literary Supplement

“Few novels ever dare to fuse emotional and economic life with the passionate intelligence of this one.”

Independent

“Constructed like a catchy pop song... a quirky cautionary tale that feels like a wake-up call...”

New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant fictional commentary on the human consequences of economic rationalism. Verdict: Encore! Bravo! More please!”

Sunday Herald Sun


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