The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie is out today, and to celebrate we’re offering a nugget sized chunk of literary goodness for your commute/night-time read/tea break.
‘Man oh man, do I love this book! Audacious, imaginative, and totally wonderful: The whole books zips and zings’ Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
‘Wildly brilliant. Razor-sharp, intimate, hilarious and profound. Every page is a delight’ Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
‘The Portable Veblen is the squirreliest novel I ever read. I enjoyed it completely’ Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness
A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning – from an electrically entertaining new voice.
Meet Veblen: a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her name-sake, the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen. She’s an experienced cheerer-upper (mainly of her narcissistic, hypochondriac, controlling mother), an amateur translator of Norwegian, and a firm believer in the distinct possibility that the plucky grey squirrel following her around can understand more than it lets on. Meet her fiancé, Paul: the son of good hippies who were bad parents, a no-nonsense, high-flying neuroscientist with no time for squirrels. His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame and fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence.
What could possibly go wrong?