Carousel Court: A Novel

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Nick and Phoebe Maguire were once on the verge of reaching out and grabbing the American Dream. Young and happily married, with a beautiful baby boy, they take a chance on a new job for Nick and move cross-country from Boston to a Los Angeles suburb. There, a large, luxurious new house awaits them–part of a slew of new construction going up fast in the hot real estate market of the early 2000s. They select top-of-the-line finishes for their home, confident they’ll be able to flip it for an enormous profit. Then the bottom falls out from the real estate market as well as Nick’s job prospects and their marriage. Spiraling deeper and deeper into economic disaster, they work to salvage what they can–but succeed only in alienating themselves from each other.

This novel is not for the faint of heart. McGinniss’s characters lie, cheat, self-medicate, inflict violence, philander, neglect their child, steal, destroy, abandon, scheme, and self-destruct relentlessly, and their once-promising suburb devolves into a seething nightmare of coyotes, gun-toting vigilante neighbors, and violent, random break-ins. It’s every homeowner for him- and herself, and McGinniss skillfully explores what happens when ordinary people are forced to cobble together a new life from scorched promises.

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Author Joe McGinniss Jr.
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish Date 2016-08-02
ISBN 9781476791272
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Issue October 2016
Category Modern Literature


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