Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets, on tour October 2009

Posted By on September 17, 2009

jess walterAbout Jess

Jess Walter is the author of five novels, including The Zero, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and Citizen Vince, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. He has been a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Prize in both fiction and nonfiction. His books have been New York Times, Washington Post and NPR best books of the year and have been translated into twenty languages.

Be sure to check out Jess Walter’s website.

financial lives of the poetsAbout The Financial Lives of the Poets

In the winning and utterly original novels Citizen Vince and The Zero, Jess Walter (“a ridiculously talented writer”—New York Times) painted an America all his own: a land of real, flawed, and deeply human characters coping with the anxieties of their times. Now, in his warmest, funniest, and best novel yet, Walter offers a story as real as our own lives: a tale of overstretched accounts, misbegotten schemes, and domestic dreams deferred.

A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea—and his wife’s eBay resale business— ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams. One morning Matt wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife’s online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. Is this really how things were supposed to end up for me, he wonders: staying up all night worried, driving to 7-Eleven in the middle of the night to get milk for his boys, and falling in with two local degenerates after they offer him a hit of high-grade marijuana?

Or, he thinks, could this be the solution to all my problems?

Following Matt in his weeklong quest to save his marriage, his sanity, and his dreams, The Financial Lives of the Poets is a hysterical, heartfelt novel about how we can reach the edge of ruin—and how we can begin to make our way back.

Book trailer for The Financial Lives of the Poets.

Jess Walter’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, October 13th: Lit and Life

Wednesday, October 14th: One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books

Thursday, October 15th: Jo-Jo Loves to Read!

Monday, October 19th: Starting Fresh

Tuesday, October 20th: I’m Booking It

Wednesday, October 21st: Beth’s Book Review Blog

Friday, October 23rd: Take Me Away

Monday, October 26th: Raging Bibliomania

Tuesday, October 27th: Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, October 29th: Books and Movies

Friday, October 30th: The Novel Bookworm

Monday, November 2nd: Book Nook Club


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