'Rich Boy' by Sharon Pomerantz
The paperback version offers a nifty guide, so this could be a book group favorite.
Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz (July 8, 2011)
The kind of attention to the sticky matter of class that informs Dreiser's work animates "Rich Boy," Sharon Pomerantz's debut novel. It's set from the late 1960s to the 1980s boom under President Ronald Reagan. Robert Vishniak struggles out of the confines of his Jewish, working-class neighborhood, gets his New England education and heads to Wall Street — before the bust.
It's a big, old-fashioned novel in the best of that tradition. The paperback version offers a nifty guide, so this could be a book group favorite.
By Sharon Pomerantz
Twelve, $14.99 (paperback), 528 pages