The Mandibles: a family, 2029 - 2047
With dry wit and psychological acuity, this near-future novel explores the aftershocks of an economically devastating U.S. sovereign debt default on four generations of a once-prosperous American family. Down-to-earth and perfectly realistic in scale, this is not an over-the-top Blade Runner tale. It is not science fiction.
In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the "almighty dollar" plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the "bancor." In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. "Deadbeat Nation" being unable to borrow, the government prints money to cover its bills. What little remains to savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation.
The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their ninety-seven-year-old patriarch dies. Once the inheritance turns to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also--as the U.S. economy spirals into dysfunction--the challenge of sheer survival.
Recently affluent, Avery is petulant that she can't buy olive oil, while her sister, Florence, absorbs strays into her cramped household. An expat author, their aunt, Nollie, returns from abroad at seventy-three to a country that's unrecognizable. Her brother, Carter, fumes at caring for their demented stepmother, now that an assisted living facility isn't affordable. Only Florence's oddball teenage son, Willing, an economics autodidact, will save this formerly august American family from the streets.
The Mandibles is about money. Thus it is necessarily about bitterness, rivalry, and selfishness--but also about surreal generosity, sacrifice, and transformative adaptation to changing circumstances.
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|Grouping Title||mandibles a family 2029 2047|
|Grouping Author||shriver lionel|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-02-20 22:46:08PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-02-21 00:14:37AM|
|auth_author2||Newbern, George, 1964-|
|available_at_school||Cane Ridge High|
|detailed_location_school||Cane Ridge High - Teen Fiction|
|display_description||It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also -- as the effects of the downturn start to hit -- the challenge of sheer survival. Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can't buy olive oil, while her sister Florence is forced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carter fumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is too expensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that's unrecognizable. Perhaps only Florence's oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can save this formerly august American family from the streets. This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.|
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|isbn||006246714, 150473601, 9780062328243, 9780062328267, 9780062467140, 9780062472649, 9780062569875, 9781504736015|
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|subject_facet||Audiobooks, Families -- Fiction, Financial crises -- Fiction, Humorous stories, Inheritance and succession -- Fiction, Interpersonal relations -- Fiction, Large type books, Wealth -- Fiction|
|title_display||The Mandibles : a family, 2029 - 2047|
|title_full||The Mandibles : a family, 2029 - 2047 / Lionel Shriver, The Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047, The Mandibles [sound recording] : a family 2029-2047 / Lionel Shriver, The Mandibles [text (large print)] : a family, 2029 - 2047 / Lionel Shriver|
|title_short||The Mandibles :|
|title_sub||a family, 2029 - 2047|
|topic_facet||Families, Fiction, Financial crises, Humorous stories, Inheritance and succession, Interpersonal relations, Large type books, Literature, Wealth|