The Financial Lives of the Poets
By Jess Walter
(Bada Publishing, Paperback, 9788955615999, 440pp.)
Publication Date: January 2011
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Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick. More at NPR.org
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Matt Prior is the protagonist of The Financial Lives of the Poets and a complete figment of Walter's imagination. Walter has taken pains to ensure Matt Prior's life is as shitty as a well-educated white American male's can be.
- Given their different ages and social worlds, what explains Matt Prior's willingness to befriend Jamie and Skeet at the local 7-Eleven?