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Rm of blank verseBefore long he wakes up to find himself jobless hobbled with debt spying on his wife's online flirtation and six days away from losing his ho. Yeahhhh not a fan I dunno it s decently written and decently paced and decently plotted but it s kind of too much of those things a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong but deflated pretty fastIt s about a middle class family in the throes of the mortgage crisis who are about to lose their house In a desperate last ditch effort to get financially solvent Dad view spoilerbecomes a small time drug dealer hide spoiler

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The Financial Lives of the Poets

Me Until one night on a desperate two am run to 7 Eleven he falls in with some local stoners and they end up hatching the biggest and most misbegotten plan ye. A former financial journalist decides to branch out into a new innovative field financial news presented in poetic form Unfortunately poetfoliocom doesn t take off and leaves him with a mountain of debt Couple that with his wife s eBay addiction his weeks of unemployment and the financial crash of 2008 and he soon finds himself 1 week away from eviction from his dream house At a loose end one night he encounters some stoners and begins to think about dealing weed to get out of his immediate cash troubles Add to this his wife pursuing an old high school crush via Facebook his dementia ridden father who was bilked out of his savings and house by a stripper and her boyfriend and the perils of the drug dealing world and you have The Financial Lives of the Poets I loved Jess Walter s book Citizen Vince and followed it immediately with The Zero a experimental difficult read that I failed to finish and which put me off Walter for a bit I m glad I came back to check out his latest though as it was a fantastic novel with some excellent characters and a brilliant storyline I particularly enjoyedcringed at Matt the main character and his wife Lisa s strained marriage as the tension between them builds and the distance between them grows It felt very real and was the first time I d seen some of the less positive effects of Facebook reflected in a novel Matt s encounters with the drug dealers was also interesting with a paranoid lawyer thrown into the mix making for lively conversations I would ignore the Nick Hornby blurb which claims that it s an hilarious book as it really isn t Some of the scenes are light hearted and a bit silly but overall it s a serious novel This isn t a bad thing though as the writing is top notch the story doesn t need gags to keep the reader interested and the characters are wonderfully realised to keep you invested in what happens to them Matt s relationship with his dementia addled father is particularly touching Also the ending is remarkably good Walter showing he is a writer who can write all aspects of a novel brilliantly beginnings middles and ends a rare thing in writers One of the best novels I ve read all year original well written imaginative with great characters a fast moving and interesting story I can t recommend this higher to anyone looking for a good book to read

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What happens when small time reporter Matthew Prior uits his job to gamble everything on a uixotic notion a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the fo. With all of those Breaking BadWeeds comparisons in Kemper s most excellent review I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasm Here they are again the bent boys baked and buzzed boys wasted red eyed dry mouth high boys coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are twitchy hands wadding bills they spill on the counter so pleased and so proud as if they re the very inventors of stoned And here he is Matt your stereotypical white middle aged douchebag waiting in line at the 711 after midnight with the milk for his kid s cereal that he d forgotten to pick up earlier Sleep has failed him yet again what with the worry of financial ruin hanging over his head He s an out of work newspaper man with an overdue mortgage failing marriage and a live in father who s slowing losing his mind to dementia The internet has all but destroyed the newspaper industry and with the economy in the toilet what s a guy gotta do to catch a break Nice slippers yo one of the stoners comments with a nod towards Matt as he exits the store Here s a twentysomething white tattooed hoodlum with sagging pants and long hair hitting the pipe right out in the open Wanna hit Matt waves him off and heads on towards his car Hell it s been nearly fifteen years back to his college day since he d smoked any weed As he s reminiscing over the good old days making his way across the parking lot he stops short does a double take Something causes him to hesitate to open that car door Could it be all those fond memories or that all too familiar smell or the fact that his life is crumbling to ashes all around him who s to say But the next thing he knows he s agreed to give these guys a lift to a party Damn Matt suppresses a cough Nose runs Eyes burn Someone is composting leaves in his throat Scraping his lungs with a shovel Wow Good huh ask Jamie Matt hacks Not bad Shit s designer Like thee hunnerd an ounce Skeet says And with that the wheels begin to turn Matt begins to consider how weak the weed from his youth was compared to this stuff What would his friends think of this designer shit How many would want a taste Could this possibly be the answer that he s been searching for The key to his salvation If not he could still maybe make some uick cash Maybe enough to get his head above water Hours later stoned out of his gourd back from yet another trip to the 711 for some munchies Matt s returned home with a big smile Because as fucked as the world is as grim as the future surely seems to be as grim as it revealed itself to be for his mother as she lay dying of the tumor that kills us all there is a truth he cannot deny a thing no creditor can take even as his doomed boys stir in the cold unknowing of predawn sleep even as the very life leaches out of him soaks into the berber into the cracks of his arid grave he must grudgingly admit that was one great goddamn burrito Ha Great open chapter there with and excellent poetic conclusion However the problem is that the story continues and the cold hard reality sets in What had begun as a hilarious romp thru 711 and stonerville uickly devolves into a monotonous slog through the depressing loss of everything around him A crushing downward spiral of self pity sets inConversations with his dad are repeated ad nauseam due to his debilitating dementia Matt becomes less and less amusing as he rehashes the same old tired jokes There s little to no character development specifically with his wife who s nothing than a cardboard caricature But my biggest complaint is that there is no redemptive arc to the story nothing to counter all that depression simply a final grueling reality checkI don t know if that s your idea of a good time but not me Go cry into your pillow Matt I don t need 250 pages to wallow in your misery You can t even get drug dealing right If you ever made it into an episode of Breaking Bad you d be killed off in the first five minutes for comic relief What a chumpMy advice to anyone foolish enough to consider it anything other than misleading do yourself a favor read chapter one 5 stars and chuck the rest 1 star That alone would make for a brilliant short story in my opinion


10 thoughts on “The Financial Lives of the Poets

  1. says:

    I recall standing in Seattle's ueen Anne Bookstore on a rainy late autumn afternoon in 2009 reading the jacket of this book and ultimately passing I wasn't familiar with Jess Walter although this book seemed to b

  2. says:

    Warning The first part of this review consists of my idle musings on a topic that occurred to me while reading this book If you don’t give a damn about that and just want to get on with the review skip downEver notice how it seems like the same idea start showing up in a variety of tv shows films or books at roughly the same time? I’m not talking about the straight up rip offs that appear when something like The DaV

  3. says:

    With all of those Breaking BadWeeds comparisons in Kemper’s most excellent review I had rather high hopes for this one And that opening act did little to dissuade my enthusiasm “Here they are again—the bent boys baked and buzzed boys wasted red eyed dry mouth high boys coursing narrow bright aisles hunting food as fried as they are twitchy hands wadding bills they spill on the counter so pleased and so proud as i

  4. says:

    I just fell in love with Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins and I was really happy to see that he's been able to do his magic with this book too The striking element in Walter's writing in these 2 books at least is his sense of humor and

  5. says:

    Yeahhhh not a fan I dunno it's decently written and decently paced and decently plotted but it's kind of too much of those things a little too slick and too pat and too gimmicky It started out strong but deflated pretty fastIt's abo

  6. says:

    This is going to take some linguistic acrobatics I'm going to spend the next 500 or so words trying to convince you that a story about bad choices despair near financial ruin and a failing marriage is one of the funniest most charming and downright best books you'll read in a long long time Jess Walter's The Financial Lives of the P

  7. says:

    Richard Russo one of my favorite writers was asked a while back to name some recent books he’d enjoyed He ratt

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    If I were a publisher I’d fight to publish Jess Walter He writes funny literary commercial novels with mass appeal and I’m happy to be part of his adoring public The Financial Lives of Poets is my fourth Walter book and my favorite so far Unemployed business journalist and American Dream addict Matt Prior’s downward spiral into inept drug dealing is not dark because he’s so honest about his desperation and idi

  9. says:

    A former financial journalist decides to branch out into a new innovative field financial news presented in poetic form Unfortunately poetfoliocom doesn't take off and leaves him with a mountain of debt Couple that with his wife's eBay addiction his weeks of unemployment and the financial crash of 2008 and he soon finds himself 1 week away from eviction from his dream house At a loose end one night he encounters some stoners and

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    Jess Walter has in short shrift become my single favorite contemporary author I was first introduced to his work through his contribution to the series of short stories in the Warmer cli fi collection where he was absolutely brilliant This innovative novel has only solidified my fan statusThe Financial Lives of the Poets opens with an introduction to Matt an out of work journalist fresh off of a failed business attempt to meld po