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A brilliant novel of new money and old manners, crossing The Great Gatsby with the spirit of Tom Wolfe.Meet the Cole brothers, charismatic country boys with more money than God―half moonshine and half martini. Roland, the younger, is running for governor of Tennessee, while J.T. maneuvers to bring a full-fledged world's fair to the small city of Glennville. To the dismay of the old guard, the fair succeeds, making the Coles among the most important men in the state. All that stands between them and grander ambitions is an investigation into how their bank made all that money so damn fast.Life in the fast lane has taken its toll on the Coles' families; their wives and mistresses are among the sharpest, sassiest creations of recent fiction. The quiet center of the story is Mike Teague, the Coles' advisor, who knows one of those women too well, and also where all the bodies are buried. Here is a portrait, raucous yet nuanced, of what the South has been, and what it will become.
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Inman Majors teaches fiction writing at James Madison University. He is the author of Wonderdog, Swimming in Sky, and The Millionaires. He lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.Review:
“The best, most fully accomplished new novel I have read in perhaps three years...a kind of Southern Great Gatsby.
- Alabama Public Radio
“Entertaining and thought-provoking...It's literature, and serious readers will want to tackle it.
- Baton Rouge Advocate
“Moving from backroom poker games to pols’ hangouts to the governor’s office, this expansive, smoothly flowing novel offers a rich look at family dynamics and overweening ambition.”
“Majors's depiction of a Tennessee evening is reminiscent of James Agee's hypnotic Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”
- New York Times Book Review
“Giving us profilgate bankers who borrow badly, The Millionaires is a timely work.
- Wall Street Journal
“Majors's prose often kicks your head back in outright admiration. What a hell of a writer.”
- Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury
“A knowing social novel, ruthlessly alive. Inman Majors may know everything.”
- Mark Costello, author of Big If
“Inman Majors has wandered into a wild territory previously wholly owned by Robert Penn Warren and established squatters' rights.”
- Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and Liar's Poker
“[A] deftly rendered look at the modern South and contemporary America... Scenes that require it burst at the seams with Majors's poetry.”
- Anniston Star
“An engrossing story about ambition and integrity...Majors deserves ample applause for his storytelling and character-drawing skills.”
- Raleigh News and Observer
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