THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS, Jess Walter.
From the jacket flap:
A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea—and his wife's eBay resale business— ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams. One morning Matt wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife's online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. Is this really how things were supposed to end up for me, he wonders: staying up all night worried, driving to 7-Eleven in the middle of the night to get milk for his boys, and falling in with two local degenerates after they offer him a hit of high-grade marijuana?
My take: This latest, wherein the hero decides that maybe selling marijuana is the answer (and then a whole bumch of other stuff happens), is another humorous/poignant/intelligent winner from the author of the improbably wonderful post-9/11 novel, The Zero.
How about you? Read anything really good in the last week?
Be well. Don't forget to write.