Praise for Dear Money

Praise for Dear Money

People Magazine 4 out of 4 Stars:“Consumed with want” and surrounded by a “gorgeous sea of wealth” India Palmer grabs an offer from Wall Street tycoon Win Johns: “Give me 18 months and I’ll turn you into a trader.” (Author McPhee received an identical proposition.) Meantime, her friend Will plans to chuck his banking job to write. In this trenchant satire of the ‘00s, characters learn that sometimes when you pursue your passion, you pay a high price.
Dallas Morning News
A book that begins in July on a beach in Maine certainly sounds like a summer beach read. Dear Money is more than that. Martha McPhee’s entertaining fourth novel asks serious questions about what people live for. As the title hints, money is one answer.

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Town Topics
Deep Down It’s All About Writing –Martha Mcphee’s Excellent Adventure.

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San Francisco Chronicle A tour de force.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A sharp and funny satire about wealth and fame.”My review of Martha McPhee‘s new novel, Dear Money, is in today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The element of the book I was most struck by, and one I wish I’d had more space to discuss, is McPhee’s skill at describing the push and pull between art and commerce, the way money both bolsters and corrodes India, her heroine.

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and more by the reviewer, Mark Athitakis

The Boston Globe In her new novel, “Dear Money,’’ McPhee tenders a funny, generous piece of social commentary, populated by a cast of characters who are amusingly, painfully human.

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New York Newsday Martha McPhee’s giddy new novel…

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The Wicked Witch of the Web “For almost everyone, the money, or the poetry, or what-have-you, is just too “dear.” Dear Money has captured that battle–the one for “fineness” or something greater–in a way that causes us to look beyond the obvious and into the ambiguous.”

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Ron Slate “…a terrific storyteller, completely credible.  Dear Money, a novel deflating the literary life, deserves to be Martha McPhee’s most widely read novel.

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The Daily Basics WHO WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK: Readers of Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, Madeleine Wickham and Emily Griffin.

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New York Times Editor’s Pick “In Martha McPhee’s jaunty new novel, “Dear Money,” the spread of subprime mortgages and their frenzied trade on Wall Street forms the backdrop to a traditional story of an individual gradually succumbing to, and being corrupted by, the lure of wealth and all it promises.”

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Reviews from Amazon Vine Program “Martha McPhee has written an original masterpiece, which responds to our dreams of being able to have what we want without worry….”

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O Magazine

Recommendation from O Magazine’s “More Novels to read Now”

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Whole Living Review “McPhee, set free in the open landscape of fiction, seems to be playing out her darkest fantasy.  In so doing, she reveals the full sinister force of our grasping material side — and shows us what we lose when we’re so focused on acquiring.”

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Booklist “Delivering virulent social satire with a velvet, humanitarian touch, McPhee’s timely send-up deftly parodies the fallout from misplaced priorities.”

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Kirkus Starred Reviews Martha McPhee’s fourth novel wouldn’t be so funny if it didn’t ring so true. As the narrator of Dear Money, India Palmer has published four novels, none of which has sold more than 5,000 copies, and has written a fifth, which she had “come to hope…would be the winning ticket in the literary lottery where art met commerce.”Though it would be a mistake to reduce India to an authorial stand-in, the delicious irony of McPhee’s novel is that it deserves to be her own lottery winner, the breakout book thatattracts a popular readership exceeding those drawn by the critical notices and prize nominations for her earlier work.

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Dani ShapiroAuthour of Black & White I can’t remember the last time I couldn’t put a book down.  I read DEAR MONEY in cars, in waiting rooms, even at a rest stop on the turnpike.  I read whole passages out loud to my husband.  Martha McPhee is a wickedly good social observer, a writer of beautiful, lyrical prose, and a consummate storyteller.  This is a very smart novel that unpacks small surprises and pleasures on every single page.
Joseph O’NeillAuthor of Netherland A skilled, always gripping satire of our foolish age.
Rene SteinkeAuthor of Holy Skirts Martha McPhee writes with verve and uncanny insight about those recent, heady dreams of easy wealth. This New York Pygmalian story takes us beyond what we thought we knew about money and art and all their precarious alliances, in an adventure that recreates the city’s temptations, both material and idealistic. Dear Money is conceived with such cutting precision and grace, it will make readers think of a contemporary Edith Wharton, but there’s a dark mischief here too, shades of Andy Warhol. Full of beautiful, unflinching sentences, this is an uncompromising, brave, brilliant story.

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