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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
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Jul 29, 10

Read from July 10 to 11, 2010

I had such high hopes for this one--as humorous as this book started out to be, I'm uncomfortable with books/movies etc. that make me uncomfortable, in the "I know the characters are making terrible mistakes" kind of way, and this looks to be leading in that direction; also the funny lines are thinning out, or maybe it's just that the discomfort is taking over...

Matt Prior is unemployed and about to lose his house and maybe and wife and kids because of it, so he (desparately?) turns to selling pot to raise some cash, while his wife carries on a online affair with an old flame... I think I see where this is going, but I either I'm afraid to to find out, or I don't care enough. Perhaps I'll finish it before it's due back at the libary...

...OK, I got through it, and it was fairly predictable and the humor petered out, but I've read worse, I guess...

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