The eagerly anticipated debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist "You Are Not a Stranger Here": a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age, the first decade of the twenty-first century.
At the heart of "Union Atlantic" lies a test of wills between a young banker, Doug Fanning, and a retired schoolteacher, Charlotte Graves, whose two dogs have begun to speak to her. When Doug builds an ostentatious mansion on land that Charlotte's grandfather donated to the town of Finden, Massachusetts, she determines to oust him in court. As a senior manager of Union Atlantic bank, a major financial conglomerate, Doug is embroiled in the company's struggle to remain afloat. It is Charlotte's brother, Henry Graves, the president of the New York Federal Reserve, who must keep a watchful eye on Union Atlantic and the entire financial system. Drawn into Doug and Charlotte's intensifying conflict is Nate Fuller, a troubled high-school senior who unwittingly stirs powerful emotions in each of them.
Irresistibly complex, imaginative, and witty, "Union Atlantic" is a singular work of fiction that is sure to be read and reread long after it causes a sensation this spring.
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"Adam Haslett may be our F. Scott Fitzgerald. . . . A profound, strikingly intelligent story." --The Washington Post Book World
"The first great novel of the new century that takes the new century as its subject . . . It's big and ambitious. . . . It's about us, now. All of us." --Esquire
"Remarkable. . . . With gorgeous prose and the punch of a first-rate thriller." --USA Today
"Funny and insightful. . . . The perfect book for our times. . . . Haslett has created memorable characters whose dysfunctional lives seem to embody the frenetic craziness and moral confusion of the era." --"What We're Reading," National Public Radio
"It's remarkable how successfully Union Atlantic continues the nuance of Haslett's earlier [work].... Swiftly and confidently, Haslett unwinds the ball of yarn that is the global financial crisis to reveal its core." -The New York Times Book Review
"Exceedingly well written....A high-spirited, slyly astute exploration of our great bottoming out." -The Boston Globe
"An enthralling, lucid and superbly confident work of art that grips from the first page as it puts the reader ringside at the heart of the financial crisis, revealing it finally as an emergency of the human heart and its societal urge....This is a big novel and a masterful debut by a writer whose talent is equal to his project, and whose project could not be more timely." -Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee and The Other Hand
"Union Atlantic sets itself the daunting challenge of doing for late capitalism what Heart of Darkness did for late colonialism. It is a measure of Haslett's extraordinary skill that he just about succeeds." -The Financial Times
"Haslett has a deeply informed and imaginative grasp of history, and his book reads like a thriller, but it is, stealthily, much more than that: a chronicle of the collective corruption whose fallout we are, right this minute, enduring." -O, The Oprah Magazine
"More than a financial page-turner....An ambitious literary work, filled with compelling characters, evocative prose and finely drawn social portraiture....The first serious fictional portrait of the bailout era....Decades from now, this fine novel will help readers understand the period we've just been through." -The Wall Street Journal
"Haslett is a major talent....It's been years since a novel has captured the zeitgeist of contemporary America this well; it's been years since a new author has convinced us, with just two books, that there might be nothing he can't do." -Bookslut
"[Haslett] has written the first great novel of the new century that takes the new century as its subject, but not simply because it takes the new century as its subject....Rather, Haslett has written a great novel because he has emerged in Union Atlantic as a great novelist, a mystery as abiding as any of the mysteries of the Fed--indeed, a mystery restored, even as the mysteries of the Fed are revealed." -Esquire
"Union Atlantic is a bleak, brazen, beauty of a book."--Elle
"In Union Atlantic, Haslett presents us with a sweeping, blessedly clear vision of how we wound up in the economic cesspool....And he does it all with modesty and a depth of feeling for his characters that imbues, yet never seeks to explain away, their essence."--GQ
"Emerging here as a sort of E.M. Forster of the aughts, Haslett high-steps nimbly from great tenderness to arch social satire, and from the civic to the personal. He even manages to make monetary systems....glow like poetry." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Union Atlantic will possibly be the quintessential American novel of the first decade of the 21st century." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[Haslett's] gift for language, his unerring eye, his honesty and his compassion for his characters, many of whom are deeply flawed and deeply troubled, puts him in the company of the best authors writing in English today....In Haslett's hands, there's also humour, insight, and a shard of hope." -The National
"[Union Atlantic] takes on the largest possible questions: the fate of the American empire and the meaning of America itself. The action moves with high Aristotelian perfection....Haslett is a skilled writer with a painfully acute feeling for the dynamics of family life in old New England families." -The New Republic