Union Atlantic

By Adam Haslett
(Nan A. Talese, Hardcover, 9780385524476, 320pp.)

Publication Date: February 9, 2010

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“Adam Haslett's debut novel is the story of four diverse characters -- a banker, a retired teacher and her brother, and a high school student -- who are thrown together in unexpected ways. Through this powerful and prescient novel, Haslett is asking what it means to be American today.”
-- Susan Fox, Red Fox Books, Glens Falls, NY


Description

The eagerly anticipated debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist You Are Not a Stranger Here: a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age, the first decade of the twenty-first century.

At the heart of Union Atlantic lies a test of wills between a young banker, Doug Fanning, and a retired schoolteacher, Charlotte Graves, whose two dogs have begun to speak to her. When Doug builds an ostentatious mansion on land that Charlotte's grandfather donated to the town of Finden, Massachusetts, she determines to oust him in court. As a senior manager of Union Atlantic bank, a major financial conglomerate, Doug is embroiled in the company's struggle to remain afloat. It is Charlotte's brother, Henry Graves, the president of the New York Federal Reserve, who must keep a watchful eye on Union Atlantic and the entire financial system. Drawn into Doug and Charlotte's intensifying conflict is Nate Fuller, a troubled high-school senior who unwittingly stirs powerful emotions in each of them.

Irresistibly complex, imaginative, and witty, Union Atlantic is a singular work of fiction that is sure to be read and reread long after it causes a sensation this spring.




About the Author

ADAM HASLETT's short-story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. It has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in New York.




NPR
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010

A first novel by a much-honored short-story writer imagines a financial system wracked by risk and on the verge of collapse. Yet Adam Haslett wrote Union Atlantic before the current financial crisis exploded, making him seem more prescient than he will confess to being. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Monday, Feb 22, 2010

When American writers write about people with money, the results have often been spectacular. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says New York novelist Jonathan Dee's new book The Privileges gives every one of his predecessors a run for their money. He also says that award-winning story writer Adam Haslett's Union Atlantic is just as terrific to read. More at NPR.org

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