Robert Brand has given up on real women. Relationships just haven't ever worked out well for him. He has, however, found a (somewhat problematic) solution, a new feminine ideal: the 110-pound sex doll he ordered over the internet.
Showing an uncanny access to the voice of the rejected, unimpressive, emotionally challenged modern male, Helen Guri's debut collection explores Robert's transition from lost and lonely to loved, if only by the increasingly acrobatic voices in his mind.
"Match"'s touching, whip-smart poems chart the limits of the mind/body relationship in decidedly virtual times. Does our hero's lovesick, wry, self-searching and often self-annihilating gaze signal some catastrophic aversion to depth or a feverish (if unsettling) reassertion of the romantic impulse? Can anything good really happen when the object of one's affection is, literally, an object? And if she looks like a human being, can you ever know for sure she isn't one?
Equal parts love story, social parody and radiant display of lyrical gymnastics, "Match" announces the arrival of a daring, forthright and stubbornly original new talent.
George A. Needham, Founder and Chairman of Needham & Company
"The tale of Ivar Krueger, vividly brought to life by Frank Partnoy, is a reminder that Wall Street has not changed much since the late 1920's. The players change, but the animal spirits remain the same. Anyone interested in today's financial crisis will be captivated by this story."
"Time," January 13, 2009
"Frank Partnoy has an exceptionally well-timed book on Ivar Kreuger coming out."
Robert A. G. Monks, author of "Corpocracy" and "The New Global Investors"
""The Match King" is a skillfully told tale of the romance and the corruption involved in attempting to be on top of the world. How did Krueger enlisted the loyalty of the people essential to him? Yes, some he bought, but most -- he beguiled."
|Coming to America||p. 1|
|Getting to Lee Higg||p. 15|
|The Speech||p. 29|
|Trouble at Home||p. 46|
|The Green Eye Shade||p. 59|
|Poland First||p. 70|
|Le Boom||p. 91|
|The Match Palace||p. 112|
|A Weekend in Germany||p. 135|
|One Last Chance||p. 156|
|Coming Back to America||p. 179|
|Death in the Air||p. 193|
|A Note on Sources and Acknowledgements||p. 227|
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Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 9th March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 20.574 x 13.716 x 2.032
Weight (kg): 0.272