The Land of Steady Habits

The Land of Steady Habits

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*Starred Review* Filled with heartache and humor, this assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angst of Updike and Cheever, updating the narrative of midlife dissatisfaction with a scathing dissection of America's imploding economy. Financier Anders Hill seems to have it all: he's ensconced in a beautiful house in a wealthy Connecticut suburb, his children's college tuition has finally been paid, and he can now retire, freed from the weight of a soul-sucking job. But what he seems to want most is to blow up his entire life. He divorces his wife, buys a condo, and decides to attend the annual Christmas party of his old neighbors, where, surrounded by his ex-wife's close friends, he unravels in spectacularly hilarious fashion, fueled mostly by vitriol and partly by the PCP he's smoked with his neighbors' teenage son. By the time Anders realizes that he might have made an error in judgment?on all counts?his ex-wife has taken up with an old boyfriend (Anders' college roommate) and his sons are entirely out of patience with dear old dad. How Anders forges his path to redemption, for both personal and professional sins, is not to be missed. With pitch-perfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters, Thompson offers up a heartbreaking vision of an ailing family and country. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews

Released by Little, Brown and Company on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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