The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen

Book - 2016
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A laugh-out-loud love story with big ideas - and squirrels

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016

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?

'Raw and weird and hilarious' Guardian

'A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds' Sunday Express

'Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius' Paul Murray

'I can't remember a book I enjoyed more' Nina Stibbe

'Seriously funny and extraordinarily well written' Jonathan Franzen, Guardian books of the year

Publisher: London, Fourth Estate,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780008160630
9780008160388
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 21 cm.

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Indoorcamping
Jun 21, 2017

The writing is so good I pushed through half the book before I realized I'm reading a book about a main character whose most redeeming quality is squirrel communication. If you know anything about TBI, Vets, PTSD, military medical procedures, anything in this field, you can't read this with a straight face. So many just plain wrong facts.

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tegan
Feb 27, 2017

Quirky lovely read.

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chrissieq
Dec 16, 2016

Read it once and was not too taken with it. Picked it up again about 6 months later and loved it this time.

Cynthia_N Dec 15, 2016

Enjoyable read with talking to squirrels included!

JCLMELODYK Oct 21, 2016

Quirky, romance with dysfunctional families and a bit of magical realism.

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MillieBT
Apr 16, 2016

Couldn't get into the characters.....hopefully other readers will enjoy...

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Jan 26, 2016

gparra5221 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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