Set on the fictional Pepys Road on London’s South Bank, where real estate prices are on the rise but the fortunes of its inhabitants are in flux, John Lanchester’s Capital (W.W. Norton, $15.95) offers a panoramic view of the city’s denizens during the financial crisis, each chapter swooping into another life and its story. Lanchester paints sympathetic portraits of every character, from the shopaholic wife of a foreign-currency trader to an aimless Pakistani immigrant dissatisfied with working at this brother’s corner shop. These narratives are ultimately woven together to bring to life a contemplative and rich modern London.
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ISBN: 9780393345094
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 28th, 2013