The Locals

The Locals

A Novel

Paperback - 2018
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"Mark Firth is a home builder in Howland, Massachusetts in the early 2000s who, after being swindled by a finanical advisor, feels opportunity passing him by. In the paranoid days after 9/11, a New York money manager, Philip Hadi, moves his family to Howland and hires Mark to turn his his house into a "secure location." When Howland's first selectman passes away suddenly, Hadi runs for office, and begins subtly transforming the town in his image. The collision of these two men and their very different worlds -- rural vs urban, middle class vs wealthy -- propels Jonathan Dee's new novel to a haunting conclusion. This is a novel that captures our fraught moment, but is timeless in its depiction of the American family"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2018.
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812983395
Characteristics: 395 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 13, 2018

I slogged through this book. Well written with lots of detail about people living in a small Massachusetts town. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, although he captured the small town experience. Was the message people are self-centered?

Oct 26, 2017

This is a story of a small town ecosystem of, for the most part, hardworking "out to make a buck" residents. They are facing a downturn in the economy and need to make things work for each of their families as well as the community. Dee injects ideas of privilege as witnessed in the Hadi character as well as invasion of privacy when security cameras are introduced.
Does money equal power? As time progresses the residents are faced with issues of modernization and Dee cleverly weaves these issues in the everyday of characters. Brilliantly done.


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