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You Don't Have To Live Like This.

Author: Benjamin Markovits
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ten years out of Yale, with an extra degree from Oxford, and all Greg Marnier has to show for it is a rambling academic career that has landed him in Aberystwyth. At his college reunion, jetlagged and drunk, he runs into an old friend who offers him an extraordinary way out. Robert James, wealthy and influential, a success story of the dotcom bubble, wants to become a political player. His plan: to buy up several  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Electronic books
Fiction
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Markovits
ISBN: 0571313418 9780571313419 9780062376626 0062376624
OCLC Number: 911196614
Description: 1 online resource (400 pages)

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Ten years out of Yale, with an extra degree from Oxford, and all Greg Marnier has to show for it is a rambling academic career that has landed him in Aberystwyth. At his college reunion, jetlagged and drunk, he runs into an old friend who offers him an extraordinary way out. Robert James, wealthy and influential, a success story of the dotcom bubble, wants to become a political player. His plan: to buy up several abandoned neighbourhoods in Detroit--the poster child for urban decline --and build a new America from their boarded-up ruins. For a small investment, Marnier can transform himself into a twenty-first century pioneer. The realities of life on America's urban frontier soon become apparent. For every hopeful misfit who's come for a fresh start there's a native Detroiter whose patch is being swallowed up by the new colonials. Marnier finds himself caught in the middle of everyone else's battles--between local and outsider, rich and poor, black and white--until a terrible accident forces him to take sides.

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