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by John Lanchester
- 537 PAGES
John Lanchester sets this latest on a single street in London in 2008, at the height of the financial meltdown, interweaving the tales of longtime residents, recent immigrants and the newly rich. Things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London-- a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder-- are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have. Who is behind it? What do they want?"