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By Lionel Shriver

"A provocative and intensely humorous page-turner..."--Wall highway Journal

With dry wit and mental acuity, this near-future novel explores the aftershocks of an economically devastating U.S. sovereign debt default on 4 generations of a once-prosperous American kinfolk. Down-to-earth and completely real looking in scale, this isn't an over-the-top Blade Runner story. it isn't technological know-how fiction.

In 2029, the us is engaged in a cold global struggle that would wipe out the mark downs of hundreds of thousands of yankee households. in a single day, at the overseas foreign exchange, the “almighty buck” plummets in price, to get replaced by way of a brand new international foreign money, the “bancor.” In retaliation, the president broadcasts that the US will default on its loans. “Deadbeat country” being not able to borrow, the govt. prints funds to hide its debts. What little is still to savers is quickly eaten away through runaway inflation.

The Mandibles were hoping on a large fortune filtering down while their ninety-seven-year-old patriarch dies. as soon as the inheritance turns to ash, each one loved one needs to deal with unhappiness, yet also—as the U.S. financial system spirals into dysfunction—the problem of sheer survival.

Recently prosperous, Avery is petulant that she can’t purchase olive oil, whereas her sister, Florence, absorbs strays into her cramped family. An expat writer, their aunt, Nollie, returns from in another country at seventy-three to a rustic that’s unrecognizable. Her brother, Carter, fumes at taking care of their demented stepmother, now that an assisted residing facility isn’t cheap. basically Florence’s oddball teenage son, keen, an economics autodidact, will retailer this previously august American kin from the streets.

The Mandibles is set funds. therefore it truly is unavoidably approximately bitterness, contention, and selfishness—but additionally approximately surreal generosity, sacrifice, and transformative edition to altering circumstances.

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