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Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett
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Dec 28, 2010

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Read from December 28, 2010 to January 02, 2011

The three main characters in Union Atlantic, Doug Fanning the cynical young banker, Charlotte Graves the idealistic retired school teacher and Nate the teen whom she tutors and who is enamored of Doug are all conveniently brought together around the building of Doug's mansion next door to Charlotte's family home in Finden. The theme of the unsightly mansion built by a parvenue desecrating the virgin woodlands reminded me of Nicholas Coleridge's Pride and Avarice(2010) and is central to the book. The characters each have their own story to tell and it is the flipping back and forth between them that makes the book fast paced enough that it kept me interested so that I read in a day and night. It was well written although hardly 'a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age in the first decade of the twenty-first century' but then that's the publisher's take on it!

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