By Martha McPhee
During this Pygmalion story of a novelist grew to become bond dealer, Martha McPhee brings to existence the greed and riotous wealth of recent York in the course of the heady days of the second one gilded age. India Palmer, dwelling the cash-strapped lifestyles of the author, is traveling filthy rich neighbors in Maine whilst a yellow biplane swoops down from the transparent blue sky to deliver a stranger into her existence, one that will swap everything.The stranger isWin Johns, a swaggering and intellectually bored dealer of personal loan- subsidized securities. Charmed by way of India’s intelligence, humor, and inquisitive nature—and conscious of her near-desperate monetary situation—Win poses a proposition: “Give me eighteen months and I’ll make you a world-class bond trader.” laying off her artist’s lifestyles with fabulous ease, India embarks on a raucous journey to the head of the source of revenue chain, leveraging herself with crumbling genuine property, by no means as soon as on reflection . . .Or does she?
With a light-handed irony that's by way of turns as measured as Claire Messud’s and as biting as Tom Wolfe’s, Martha McPhee tells the vintage American tale of individuals reinventing themselves, blind to the cost they need to pay for his or her transformation.
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Dear Money by Martha McPhee