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9780375412172 / 0375412174

Good Faith

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Publisher:Knopf

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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About the book:

Jane Smiley brings her extraordinary giftscomic timing, empathy, emotional wisdom, an ability to deliver slyly on big themes and capture the American spiritto the seductive, wishful, wistful world of real estate, in which the sport of choice is the mind game. Her funny and moving new novel is about what happens when the American Dream morphs into a seven-figure American Fantasy.

Joe Stratford is someone you like at once. He makes an honest living helping nice people buy and sell nice houses. His not-very-amicable divorce is finally settled, and hes ready to begin again. Its 1982. He is pretty happy, pretty satisfied. But a different era has dawned; Joes new friend, Marcus Burns from New York, seems to be suggesting that the old rules are ready to be repealed, that now is the time you can get rich quick. Really rich. And Marcus not only knows that everyone is going to get rich, he knows how. Because Marcus just quit a job with the IRS.

But is Joe ready for the kind of success Marcus promises he can deliver? And whats the real scoop on Salt Key Farm? Is this really the development opportunity of a lifetime?

And then theres Felicity Ornquist, the lovely, feisty, winning (and married) daughter of Joes mentor and business partner. She has finally owned up to her feelings for Joe: shes just been waiting for him to be available.

The question Joe asks himself, over and over, is, Does he have the gumption? Does he have the smarts and the imagination and the staying power to pay attentionto Marcus and to Felicityand reap the rewards?

Good Faith captures the seductions and illusions that can seize America during our periodic golden ages (every Main Street an El Dorado). To follow Joe as he does deals and is dealt with in this newly liberated world of anything goes is a roller-coaster ride through the fun park of the 1980s. It is Jane Smiley in top form.
















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