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You Don’t Have To Live Like This

Benjamin Markovits

From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists comes a darkly comic and brutally insightful vision of contemporary America in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571313426
Date Published
07.07.2016
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Summary

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 NOVEL OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Ten years out of Yale and drifting through a teaching career, Greg Marnier heads for his college reunion, jetlagged and drunk. There he bumps into an old friend, Robert James, now wealthy and influential from dotcom success. He has a plan: to buy up several abandoned neighbourhoods in Detroit and build a new America from their ruins. For a small investment, Greg can turn himself into a twentieth-century pioneer. But for every urban misfit who’s come for a fresh start, there’s a native Detroiter whose patch is being swallowed up by these new young colonials. Soon, the realities of life on America’s urban frontier become all too apparent . . .

Critic Reviews

Intense and very funny.

Guardian 'Best Novels of 2015'
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Is Benjamin Markovits contemporary fiction's best kept secret? .... [his] seventh novel is as profound a meditation on contemporary America as you're likely to read this year.

Max Liu, Independent on Sunday
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It is a remarkable novel ... This is fiction writing that is alive in your hand.

Irish Independent
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Multi-stranded and gripping . . . So engrossing, so satisfyingly complex.

Sunday Times
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Reads like a season of The Wire scripted by J M Coetzee . . . Like the lives it describes, this novel contains multitudes.

Independent on Sunday
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You Don't Have to Live Like This is a very smart book, with vividly drawn characters and densely-woven themes ... at its heart is the vexatious question of race.

Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph
BenjaminMarkovits

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He is the author of eleven novels, including Either Side of Winter, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, and Christmas in Austin. He has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in the Guardian, Granta, The Paris Review and The New York…

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