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Good Faith by Jane Smiley
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Sep 30, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, business
Read in October, 2008

This was an intriguing look into the real estate market of the ‘80’s. The story revolves around a realtor, a land developer, and a contractor that get swept up in one man’s dream to build a luxury housing community. The story is relatively well written so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t enjoy it more. The only conclusion I can come to is it simply made me too nervous. I’m not a risk taking type of person by nature, especially when it comes to money. Even knowing the book was entirely a work of fiction, the more the characters got tied up in the development project and progressively cross-collateralized everything they owned, I could feel myself getting more and more anxious. I was almost glad when Marcus took the money and ran because at least I knew it was over. I didn’t quite get the side stories involving the main character’s love life either. The whole scene about his girlfriend introducing him to cocaine and then having a trippy sex experience felt out of place.

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