Read The Locals Online Free - Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland, Massachusetts, who feels opportunity passing his family by. After being swindled by a financial advisor, what future can Mark promise his wife, Karen, and their young daughter, Haley? He finds himself envying the wealthy weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter.
Philip Hadi used to be one of these people. But in the nervous days after 9/11 he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home into a year-round “secure location” from which he can manage billions of dollars of other people’s money. The collision of these two men’s very different worlds—rural vs. urban, middle class vs. wealthy—is the engine of Jonathan Dee’s powerful new novel.
Inspired by Hadi, Mark looks around for a surefire investment: the mid-decade housing boom. Over Karen’s objections, and teaming up with his troubled brother, Gerry, Mark starts buying up local property with cheap debt. Then the town’s first selectman dies suddenly, and Hadi volunteers for office. He soon begins subtly transforming Howland in his image—with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family.
Here are the dramas of twenty-first-century America—rising inequality, working class decline, a new authoritarianism—played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels: the small town. The Locals is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time.
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April 24, 2017
I like Jonathan Dee. He's an author who makes me think about current affairs and the state of American people.
**THIS BOOK** HURT MY BRAIN MORE THAN ALL HIS OTHER BOOKS COMBINED!!!! And.... I LOVED IT!!!!! ..... And....it drove me crazy. My tummy was in knots at times.
Please -please forgive me -...
May 04, 2017
Few contemporary authors have as keen an eye for observing society and personal dynamics as Jonathan Dee. His previous novels have looked at the haves and have-nots, the way the public revels in and revolts against scandal, and failing and thriving marriages, among other topics.
In his latest nove...
August 18, 2017
4 high stars! I've not loved all of Jonathan Dee's novels, but I sure like his sensibility as a writer and I love how it comes through in The Locals. Many may find that not much happens in this novel, but it really worked for me. Moving from 2001 to close to the present, Dee creates an ensemble o...
August 07, 2017
I don't even know how to describe this--it took me on a journey through post 9/11 America.
It's not for everyone, but I loved it!
Full review to come!
August 08, 2017
When there was a crisis, a tragedy, you wanted it to change you---or not change, but reveal you, show you who you really were when all the usual bullshit worries were stripped away. Show you your true, best self.
I finished this book almost a week ago, and am still at a loss for how to describe it...
August 02, 2017
Jonathan Dee’s thoughtful novels may not be ripped from the headlines, but his plots hug the contours of our era. In such books as “The Privileges,” which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Dee writes about the way financial upheaval shapes modern relationships and morals.
His prescient s...
July 22, 2017
This is the first book by Jonathan Dee that I've read. And well, it starts off with a cynical sense of humor that some people might not appreciate especially as it pertains to NYC 9/11. But I like cynical.
From there, the action moves to Howland, MA. Things calm down, but those little hints of cy...
May 18, 2017
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Sprawling tome about small-town America, insightful, thought-provoking, yet strangely unmoving.
I agonised over what to rate this book. On the one hand, I wanted to give it a solid 5*, due to the sheer intricacy and br...
June 30, 2017
Jonathan Dee may very well have written a chronicle of the downfall of America—the oblivious self-confidence, the narcissism, the shaky ethics, the ingratiation, the polarized political conversation, and perhaps most importantly, the class divide.
Right from page one, the reader is thrust right in...
June 30, 2017
There's not a lot going on in this book. No romance, mystery, twists or turns...just a beautifully written story about daily life in a small town in Massachusetts. But it's an insightful and thought-provoking narrative by an extremely talented writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning...