The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen

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"A young couple on the brink of marriage--the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist--find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. Veblen (named after the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term "conspicuous consumption") is one of the most refreshing heroines in recent fiction. Not quite liberated from the burdens of her hypochondriac, narcissistic mother and her institutionalized father, Veblen is an amateur translator and "freelance self"; in other words, she's adrift. Meanwhile, Paul--the product of good hippies who were bad parents--finds his ambition soaring. His medical research has led to the development of a device to help minimize battlefield brain trauma--an invention that gets him swept up in a high-stakes deal with the Department of Defense, a Bizarro World that McKenzie satirizes with granular specificity"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781594206856
Branch Call Number: FIC MCKENZI
Characteristics: 430 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 21, 2017

The writing is so good I pushed through half the book before I realized I'm reading a book about a main character whose most redeeming quality is squirrel communication. If you know anything about TBI, Vets, PTSD, military medical procedures, anything in this field, you can't read this with a straight face. So many just plain wrong facts.

Feb 27, 2017

Quirky lovely read.

Dec 16, 2016

Read it once and was not too taken with it. Picked it up again about 6 months later and loved it this time.

Cynthia_N Dec 15, 2016

Enjoyable read with talking to squirrels included!

JCLMELODYK Oct 21, 2016

Quirky, romance with dysfunctional families and a bit of magical realism.

Apr 16, 2016

Couldn't get into the characters.....hopefully other readers will enjoy...


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Jan 26, 2016

gparra5221 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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