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Whaleboats under sail

March 28, 2012

"A true artist!"-- Two starred, boxed reviews for Lucia Perillo in the March 26 edition of Publishers Weekly for her first fiction collection, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, May 2012) and a new poetry collection.

MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-nominated [finalist] poet Perillo debuts a work of fiction in a lyrical short story collection that reveals a genius for plot and metaphor. The collection's 14 stories take place in the Pacific Northwest and chart a broad emotional arc... Perillo (Inseminating the Elephant) strikes a glorious balance between wryly intelligent prose and emotional force, recalling Alice Munro at her best. This volume's vibrant stories demonstrate the full potential of the short story form when put in the hands of a true artist.

You can read the full review for Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain here, and the review for On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths here.

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Whaleboats under sail

March 5, 2012

Starred, boxed review from Publishers Weekly for Kirsten Grind's The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-- the Biggest Bank Failure in American History (Simon & Schuster, June 2012). We've quoted from the review below and you can see it on the PW website here:

Hubris and greed break the bank in this absorbing saga of the housing bubble. In her first book, Wall Street Journal reporter Grind chronicles the rise of Washington Mutual from a sleepy Seattle-based thrift to America’s biggest savings and loan bank, its reckless plunge into the can’t-lose subprime mortgage market, and its 2008 failure. As the honest, avowedly “nice” WaMu succumbs to the lure of easy money, an almost Shakespearean boardroom melodrama unfolds, featuring vivid personalities like Kerry Killinger, WaMu’s conquering hero-turned-vacillating nebbishy CEO, and Jamie Dimon, the ruthless JPMorgan leader who swallowed WaMu. (Grind raises disturbing questions about how JPMorgan benefited from the FDIC’s forcing a possibly salvageable WaMu into receivership.) Even more revealing are the bit players—the WaMu salespeople peddling extortionate adjustable rate mortgages to impecunious borrowers who didn’t understand what they were signing. Grind pens a lucid, entertaining guide to the delusions and frauds powering the debacle, from Fed chief Alan Greenspan’s rose-tinted economic forecasts down to the falsified documents that put people with no income, assets, or perhaps even pulses into mortgages they could never repay. Hers is one of the best accounts yet of WaMu’s demise—and of the Great Crash as it played out on a human scale.

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