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The Portable Veblen

UK Publisher: Fourth Estate
US Publisher: Penguin Press

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016

A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning – from an electrically entertaining new voice.

Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream?

Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation?

Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century?

‘Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius’ – Paul Murray

‘Seriously funny and extraordinarily well written’ – Jonathan Franzen, Guardian Books of the Year

Elizabeth McKenzie is an author whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading,...