From the bestselling author of The Debt to Pleasure comes a sweeping
social novel set at the height of the financial crisis.
Celebrated novelist John
Lanchester—“an elegant and wonderfully witty writer” (New York Times)—returns with an
epic novel that captures the obsessions of our time. It’s 2008 and things are
falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the
residents of Pepys Road, London—a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman
dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners
and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from
Senegal and his minder—are receiving anonymous postcards reading “We Want What
You Have.” Who is behind it? What do they want?
Epic in scope yet intimate,
capturing the ordinary dramas of very different lives, this is a novel of love
and suspicion, of financial collapse and terrorist threat, of property values
going up and fortunes going down, and of a city at a moment of extraordinary
tension. Download and start listening now!