Lionel Shriver has produced another masterpiece. I have never read a disappointing Shriver novel. In, The Mandibles: a family, she has written, yet another, absolutely brilliant, wonderful book!
The story begins only thirteen years in the future, in an America which has gone to the wire economically. It’s an America which has completely lost its Super Power status, and the path to this desperate situation is rendered in completely believable fashion. How would you survive if your savings were wiped out by a currency in meltdown? You follow the extended Mandible family through eighteen years of financial decline and ruin. Shriver with the perceptiveness of a clairvoyant has created a very scary “might be possible” scenario, with fabulously believable characters. Every bit of conversation they make rings true.
My favourite characters were Florence, who works at a homeless shelter, puts up with the jobless tenant she’s too kind hearted to evict, and then copes with the influx of homeless, poverty stricken relatives, she is forced to squeeze into her house, and equal favourite, her son, Willing, who at thirteen, has the economic nous to see clearly what’s coming, and what steps they will have to take to survive.
This is a novel that will make you sit up and take notice of what’s happening economically in the world! It’s just marvellous, get reading!
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