This ambitious book seems like an attempt at the “Great American Novel” and while I don’t think it quite lives up to that grandiose billing, it is an enjoyable ride, particularly when it’s satirizing the sheltered outlook of its millionaire protagonist. Barry Cohen is a hedge fund manager who supervises billions of dollars in other people’s money, but is completely disconnected from the way people live outside his moneyed Manhattan circle. After his family life comes undone, he leaves his privileged bubble and embarks on a Greyhound bus journey across the continent to “reconnect with his roots” where he discovers just how alienated from everyday life and his own values he has become. This is one of the first books I’ve seen set against the backdrop of the 2016 US Elections and it definitely depicts the divisions between various factions of voters and within the culture at large.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)