The Portable Veblen (Hardback)
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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 28/01/2016
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning - from an electrically entertaining new voice Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream? Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation? Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century? And what in the world is a 'Veblen' anyway?

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008160388
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The squirreliest novel I ever read. I enjoyed it completely' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Raw and weird and hilarious ... very entertaining' Scarlett Thomas, Guardian 'Ambitious, spirited, funny, daring' Financial Times 'Man oh man, do I love this book! Audacious, imaginative and totally wonderful' Karen Joy Fowler 'A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds' Sunday Express 'Utterly charming. A true joy of a book' Irish Examiner 'Full of life and humour and compassion' Times Literary Supplement 'Witty and sharp' Irish Times 'Darkly funny, irrepressibly quirky and very, very hard to put down' Sam Baker, The Pool 'Quirky and smart. If you loved Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you'll love this' Glamour 'Wildly brilliant. Razor-sharp, intimate, hilarious and profound. Every page is a delight' Emma Jane Unsworth 'Terrifically entertaining ... hard to resist' Daily Mail 'Offbeat, thoughtful, mischievous ... McKenzie [has] a pin-sharp eye for the tragic-comic, and for dialogue' Herald (Scotland) 'McKenzie has a wonderful eye - and a relishing appetite - for the craziness that is everywhere in ordinary life if you know how to look' Tessa Hadley 'A novel of festive originality' The New York Times 'Unforgettable. A wild ride that you will not want to miss' San Francisco Chronicle 'If The Portable Veblen has a flaw, it is that its caricatures are so on the nose as to make the reader hope to flee the human race' Boston Globe 'Oddball characters and plot turns abound, including talking squirrels and bureaucratic ironies worthy of "Catch-22." But a sober question occupies its core: Do our parents' best intentions do us harm?' Minneapolis Star Tribune 'Irresistible' LA Times 'Accurately and funnily capture[s] the complexities of modern families ... The Corrections meets The Wallcreeper' Huffington Post 'Totally endearing. As wise as it is squirrely' NPR

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“Quirky fiction (but not Scandinavian...)”

This story is about Veblen, a warm and quirky young woman who values a peaceful and useful life. Somehow she seems to have been damaged by her relationship with her mother but has fallen in love with Paul. He also... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
Helpful? Upvote 78
Lizzie | @littlehux

“Mental health, anti-consumerism, and ... squirrels? A rich, touching story.”

The Portable Veblen is my 6th Baileys Prize book finished. Veblen (named after famous philosopher Thorstein Veblen) is a young, scatty woman, who translates Norwegian as a hobby and talks to squirrels. At first I was... More

Hardback edition
5 similar books recommended
Helpful? Upvote 73

“A very enjoyable and quirky read, with twists and turns that never fail to surprise. ”

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
It is really difficult to put this book into any particular box: romance, fantasy, psychological study of family dynamics... Any... More

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