Milkweed Editions brings a new literary voice to the Twin Cities. James Wallenstein reads from The Arriviste at Magers & Quinn–7:30pm, Wednesday, June 1.
Neil Fox has made a fortune off the “head we win/tails you lose” venture capital deals negotiated by his brother, costing him almost everything but money. His ex-wife and daughter spurn him, and he lost his young son. He now lives a carefully plotted life, working as a lawyer at a small investment banking firm and spending nights at home with a drink.
When the affable Bud Younger moves in next door–on a parcel that Neil had sold off-Neil takes an almost instant dislike to him. Bud is nearly everything Neil is not–a gregarious, energetic striver loved by his intact family. When Bud asks Neil to fund a new business venture, he reluctantly accepts, setting in motion events that hurtle to a startling and haunting conclusion.
James Wallenstein’s work has appeared in GQ, The Believer, Antioch Review, Boston Review, and Hudson Review, among other publications. He lives in New York. The Arriviste is his first novel.
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