Carousel Court

Carousel Court

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Following the breakout success of his "searing" debut novel  The Delivery Man , Joe McGinniss Jr. returns with  Carousel Court : a bold, original, and exhilarating novel of marriage as blood sport that reads like  Revolutionary Road  for the era of  The Unwinding .
    Nick and Phoebe Maguire a young couple with big dreams, move across the country to Southern California in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son following a devastating trauma. But they move at the worst possible time, into an economic crisis that spares few. Instead of landing in a beachside property, strolling the organic food aisles, and selecting private preschools, Nick and Phoebe find themselves living in the dark heart of foreclosure alley, surrounded by neighbours being drowned by their underwater homes who set fire to their belongings, flee in the dead of night and eye one another with suspicion while keeping twelve-gauge shotguns by their beds. Trapped, broke and increasingly desperate, Nick and Phoebe each devise their own plan to claw their way back into the middle class and beyond. Hatched under one roof, their two separate, secret agendas will collide in spectacular fashion.
    A blistering and unforgettable vision of the way we live now,  Carousel Court  paints a darkly honest portrait of modern marriage while also capturing the middle-class America of vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices. As bestselling author Walter Kirn says, "This scathing novel of our strange new century is like nothing else I've read in years."
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476791272
Characteristics: 354 pages


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Jan 24, 2017

Mixed feelings about this one. There is a mix of hardship - foreclosures, drug addiction, parenting differences. Throw in job security, affairs, and a push-pull to bring things back to a sense of what one wants out of life. The chapters are brief - sometimes one page. This helps to encapsulate and move from one thought to another without becoming monotonous.
Despite reluctance to give it more stars I did finish with a feeling of satisfaction.

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